Walk and Knock seeks food drive volunteers

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Preparations are underway for Clark County’s largest annual food drive. But it can’t be Clark County’s largest annual food drive without you.

Walk and Knock, a Clark County tradition since the mid-1980s, sends thousands of volunteers into the streets on the first Saturday in December. They collect bags of donated food from porches and driveways and transport them to a warehouse donated by the Port of Vancouver. Eventually the donations are distributed by local food banks to needy people all over the county.

“Last year we broke all our previous records,” said Walk and Knock president Joe Pauletto. “We collected over 162 tons of food and $50,000.”

That kind of success can come only with a huge volunteer effort. Last year there were 4,500 volunteers.

“For us to continue this successful streak, we will need more volunteers from all areas of our community,” Pauletto said. “Volunteers come from our high schools, local church groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire groups and many other service organizations.”

Volunteers are needed to fold and insert grocery bags into the newspapers that will distribute them. Bag-folding will occur on the last Saturdays of this month, Nov. 20 and 27. And then there’s the big day itself, Dec. 4. If you are interested in signing up for a volunteer shift on any of these days, visit the Walk and Knock website at http://walkandknock.org. Or call 877-995-6625.