Final tallies put the 2015 “10 Days of Giving” at 231,233 pounds of food, the third highest total in the food drive’s 27-year history.
The total breaks down to $99,208 in cash and 32,817 pounds of food. For the purposes of the total, two pounds of food are counted for each dollar. The 27-year total for pounds of food collected now stands at 2,839,415. The most food collected was in 2013, with just over 280,000 pounds.
“I believe through the work of everyone in the community we have gone a long way toward our goal of making sure no one in Winona County goes hungry this winter,” said Jennifer Welch, who is co-chair of the food drive. “So many of our employees worked to support and facilitate the drive. I know they are pleased with the outcome.”
More than 30 area schools and child-care centers and more than 120 businesses participated in this year’s drive. You can find a listing of this year’s participating schools and businesses here.