The totals include $77,774 in cash and 4,752 pounds of food. Included in the updated totals is a $20,000 anonymous gift. Last year at this time, 98,106 pounds of food had been collected, including $46,230 in cash and 5,646 pounds of food. For purposes of the calculation, each dollar counts for two pounds of food.
“We’re moved again this year by the kindness of the people in our community,” said Terry Hawkings, who is co-chair of this year’s food drive. “The next few days are critical to the drive’s success, and we know that everyone will do what they can to make sure no one in Winona County goes hungry this year.”
Last year, 195,438 pounds of food was collected, the fourth highest total ever. The 24-year total is 2,113,685 pounds of food. The record collection was more than 250,000 pounds in 2009.
There is still time to give. Merchants Bank employees and other volunteers will collect food barrels and cash cans at area schools, day-cares and businesses Thursday and Friday. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be at the Amtrak depot in Winona on Wednesday, December 11, at 5:15 p.m.
This is the 25th anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” and the 40th anniversary of Winona Volunteer Services, which benefits from the Winona contributions.
Checks may be made payable to “10 Days of Giving.” Checks not deposited at a Merchants Bank office may be mailed to Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 248, Winona MN 55987; or Winona Volunteer Services, 402 East Second Street in Winona. Merchants Bank is a member FDIC.
Gifts of food may be dropped at any Merchants Bank location in Winona, Goodview or St. Charles. In addition to more than 30 area schools and child-care centers participating in this year’s Drive, there are more than 150 business collection sites throughout Winona County. For a listing of this year’s special events and participating businesses, go to the Merchants Bank blog at https://blog.merchantsbank.com/. You may also access the blog at merchantsbank.com.
The Southeastern Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center in St. Charles benefits from food and money collected in St. Charles.