Final Walk & Knock Totals Up 13% Over Last Year
Walk & Knock, the nation’s largest one-day community food drive, has collected more than 286,000 pounds of food, a 13 percent increase over last year. In addition Walk & Knock expects to receive $15,000 in cash donations. All contributions are given to the Clark County Food Bank to help feed the needy in our community.
Collections for the 33rd annual Walk & Knock food drive had been dropping for six straight years, from a drive high of 335,000 pounds in 2010 to 252,000 pounds collected last year.
“As Clark County’s population has nearly doubled in the 33 years we’ve collected food,” Walk & Knock President Justin Wood said, “collections have been up and down. We are thrilled with this year’s donations and will continue to seek ways to get the word out about this unique community activity.” Wood said he was gratified that several new efforts at distributing bags seem to have paid off. Thirty thousand bags were mailed this year, a first. And high school students placed 8,000 bags on west-side doorsteps in a pilot program.
“We saw an 80 percent increase in the neighborhoods where we dropped bags on doorsteps,” Wood said. “It looks like that method works well and it helps youth groups support their activities – a win, win.” Wood said Walk & Knock will look at expanding the effort of paying high school students to drop bags in selected neighborhoods next year as funds allow.
In addition to recruiting volunteers to help with food collection during the annual first-Saturday-in-December drive, Wood said that Walk & Knock needs leaders to serve on its board of directors.
“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 8.3 million pounds of food to help the needy in Clark County. Donations are brought to 10 collection points in the county and loaded into donated semi truck trailers and delivered to the Clark County Food Bank. From there, food is distributed to dozens of food pantries throughout Clark County.
Thanks to our volunteers and sponsors
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.
This year’s lead sponsors are Gift Tree and Cost Less Auto Parts.