As the nation’s largest local one-day food drive returns back to its original format of porch pickups this year, Walk and Knock is on the hunt for volunteers.
The event, which is always held on the first Saturday of December, has featured a “drive and drop” format for the last two years. This year, between 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, volunteers will once again collect donations from people’s front porches.
“There’s still a great need with inflation and homelessness sending so many in search of food,” stated Walk and Knock President Tom Knappenberger in a news release. “Every pound of food and dollar donated goes to the Clark County Food Bank for distribution to food pantries throughout the county.”
The release stated one in four residents in Clark County are food insecure with children especially at risk. Last year, more than 119,000 people utilized the food bank.
Every 10 pounds of food donated during the event provides more than eight meals a day and every dollar donated allows the organization to buy four meals, stated the release.
Over the years, the event has collected between 250,000 and 300,000 pounds of food annually, along with thousands of dollars in donations.
Walk and Knock is an all-volunteer organization made up of local groups, organizations and businesses.
Those who are interested in volunteering can sign up online at walkandknock.org/volunteer/register-to-volunteer.
“It’s been three years and many folks have moved on or don’t know about this great Clark County tradition. … It’s just two hours and means so much to so many in our community,” stated the release.