Participants in the annual Lower Columbia CAP Help Warehouse food drive Walk and Knock braved a soggy Saturday to raise about 31,000 pounds of food, with still more expected to trickle in throughout the week.
CAP Executive Director Ilona Kerby said they were in the same ballpark this year as in previous years. In 2016 the event brought in 38,000 pounds of food and $14,000 in cash, while 2015 brought in 34,000 pounds of food and $12,000.
“We fully expect that there will be people who may be bringing food in later because (they don’t want) to let it sit on the porch in the rain,” Kerby said. “We usually will find people bring food in for at least a week after the food drive.”
She added that there were still a couple large totes full of food yet to be weighed when they ended the event on Saturday.
The donations will be distributed among eight food banks throughout Cowlitz County.
About 150 volunteers collect the paper bags of food from doorsteps each year. The wet weather made for soggy bags but Kerby said it did not deter the participants.
“The volunteers are coming back very wet but they seem to be happy despite the rain,” Kerby said. “Every year, it’s a great turnout of dedicated community members who care about our community.”