History of Walk & Knock

How did it all begin? in 1982, Vancouver Lions Club members “Bud” Pasmore and Doug Rae got this crazy idea to do a great big food drive and gained the help of Hazel Dell and Orchards/Evergreen Lions Clubs.

1982–1984

The first couple of years were tough, but they got it done. At this time they did not have access to semi-trucks, forklifts, pallets or many volunteers, so the drive happened over the course of several days.

1985

The food drive idea became officially known as Interservice Walk & Knock. The Columbian newspaper got involved by arranging for the paper bag inserts that go into the newspaper, paid sponsors, marketing, and assigned a reporter to get the word out. The Inter-Service endeavor goal of $100,000 worth of food was set and reached. That equated to 42 tons of food.

1991

The organization was officially incorporated as Interservice Walk & Knock of Clark County. The Port of Vancouver donated a warehouse to store the food. Puget Sound Truck Line and Anderson Dairy donated semi-trucks.

2002

A record 155 tons - 310,000 pounds - of donated food was achieved.

2008

Roughly 3,600 volunteers came out to help. The volunteers collected more than 20% more food from the previous year despite a 21% decrease of volunteers.

2009

The Walk & Knock Food Drive has grown to include more than 20 service clubs and organizations including: Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, Optimists, the Clark County Amateur Radio Club of Clark County, and the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of America.

Walk & Knock celebrated its 25th year as Clark County's largest food drive. Over the course of the last 24-years the annual one-day drive has grown to an average collection of 132 tons -- 264,000 pounds of food. The response of the community in this recession year was amazing — 4,500 volunteers collected more than 162 tons - 324,000 pounds of food and raised a record breaking $50,000.

2010

Almost 166 tons of food - 332,000 pounds - were collected in a community-wide response to the continuing recession.

2012

Volunteers collected about 284,000 pounds of food.

2013

More than 133 tons - 266,000 pounds of food and $25,000 were collected in spite of a snowstorm and bitter cold.

2014

More than $15,000 was raised in 2014, and more than 266,000 pounds of food were collected by 4,000 volunteers.

2015

About 264,000 pounds of food and $20,000 were collected and donated to families in need through the Clark County Food Bank, bringing the total for Walk & Knock over 28 years to about 7.8 million pounds of food collected.

2016

Walk & Knock volunteers collected 252,000 pounds of food that was donated to families in need.

2017

Walk & Knock, the nation’s largest one-day community food drive, collected more than 286,000 pounds of food, a 13 percent increase over 2016. In addition, Walk & Knock received $15,000 in cash donations. All contributions are given to the Clark County Food Bank to help feed the needy in our community.

2018

Walk & Knock expanded its successful effort of paying high school groups to drop W&K bags on porches, earning money for their teams and clubs.  In 2017, West Vancouver saw an 80% increase in donations. This year, bags were dropped in west Hazel Dell and Felida with a 13% increase in donations. Overall, more than 283,000 pounds of food were donated.

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Interservice Walk & Knock
P.O. Box 353
Vancouver, WA 98666
877-99-KNOCK (877-995-6625)