The Walla Walla Association of Realtors is preparing for its yearly door-to-door food drive this weekend.
The Care & Share Annual Food Drive will run Friday through Sunday, signaled by the orange plastic bags that will be placed on doorknobs throughout the community.
Here’s how it will work: Orange bags will be placed at homes Friday and Saturday. Participants are asked to fill the bags with nonperishable food items, which should be set out for collection in a visible spot at the front of each home before noon Sunday. Bags can also be dropped off Sunday at the collection site at the Plaza branch of Baker Boyer Bank. Collection barrels will also be placed throughout participating businesses in October.
The donations will be given to the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank, which serves local food pantries.
Items to donate include commercially canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna fish, boxed macaroni and cheese and dinner mixes, peanut butter, dried beans and peas, soup, cereal, rice, flour, sugar and other kitchen staples.
The annual food drive is the largest in the community. Local Realtors have been organizing it for about 25 years, along with their associates, friends and families who volunteer to drop off and pick up bags. This year’s goal is reportedly to collect 50,000 pounds of food.
Once again, Realtors are partnering with Walla Walla School District in a variety of events to help raise awareness and donations. Those include barrels set up throughout the schools, drives at local football games and “Fill the Bus” events Oct. 20 at the Plaza Safeway, Walla Walla’s Harvest Foods, Super 1 Foods, Albertsons and Grocery Outlet.