2019 Walk & Knock Wrap Up
Walk & Knock, the nation’s largest one-day community food drive, collected more than 275,000 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 Tom Knappenberger said. “After 35 years, we remain the best one-day community food drive in the nation. That’s quite a statement about who we are.”
Knappenberger said more than 3,000 volunteers flooded the County Dec. 7th, 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.
“Year after year, this community steps up to care for its most vulnerable to make sure they get the food they need,” Clark County Food Bank President Alan Hamilton said in the news release. “I am so appreciative of what the Walk & Knock organization does to help and to serve for the good of us all.”
Organized in 1985 by local service clubs, the annual food drive has collected more than 8.75 million pounds of food valued at over $15 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 Cost Less Auto Parts and Riverview Community Bank.