2018 Walk & Knock Wrap Up
Walk & Knock, the nation’s largest one-day community food drive, collected more than 283,000 pounds of food and $10,000 in cash last year, thanks to generous donations throughout the County.
“We’re very pleased that once again people in our County have stepped up to help those less fortunate,” Walk & Knock President Justin Wood said. “After 34 years, we remain the best one-day community food drive in the nation. That’s quite a statement about who we are.”
Wood said more than 3,200 volunteers flooded the County Dec. 1st, picking up thousands of bags and boxes of donations. Hundreds more bags have been dropped into barrels and brought to the Clark County Food Bank.
“You can get hung up on the numbers,” Wood said, “but what’s really important is when you see so many folks of all ages from all walks of life pitching in to help their neighbors. That’s what it’s all about.”
Added Food Bank Communications Director Matt Edmonds: “More than 100,000 people are served by Walk & Knock. It’s part of a community that takes care of its own.”
Last year, Walk & Knock tested a new bag delivery method, paying high school students to place Walk & Knock bags on about 8,000 front porches. Donations were up 80% in that area. This year, a second area was added and donations there were up 31%.
“I think we’re onto something,” Wood said, adding that Walk & Knock will look to expand the program next year, given enough volunteers to manage the effort.
In addition to recruiting volunteers to help with food collection during the annual first-Saturday-in-December drive, Wood said that Walk & Knock needs help with specific behind-the-scenes tasks.
“Many of us have been working on Walk & Knock for years and we really need new folks with new ideas and fresh energy to step up and help us continue this unique Clark County enterprise,” Wood said.
Organized in 1985 by local service clubs, the annual food drive has collected more than 8.5 million pounds of food valued at $14.8 million to help the needy in Clark County. Donations are loaded into semi truck trailers and delivered to the Clark County Food Bank by drivers who donate their time. The Food Bank distributes food to dozens of food pantries throughout the County.
McDonalds once again paid for 130,000 “thank you” door hangers. For each hanger returned to a local McDonalds, the chain will donate $1 to Walk & Knock, which in turn will be given to the Food Bank.
Walk & Knock is an all-volunteer organization made up of area Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, the Clark County Amateur Radio Club, local trucking companies, area Boy and Girl Scout troops, local church and school groups, along with hundreds of other volunteers. Clark County Inter-service Walk & Knock is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Lead sponsors are Gramor Development, Gift Tree and Cost Less Auto Parts.