“10 Days of Giving” at 207,898 Pounds for 2017

Final totals for the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive through the end of the day Thursday were at 207,898 pounds of food. The “10 Days of Giving” supports the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services.

“As someone new to the ‘10 Days of Giving,’ it was inspiring to see the community come together to help their neighbors who needed their support,” said Merchants Bank Winona and Southern Regions President Andrew Guzzo.

Business, school, church and daycare pickups were Monday and Tuesday and some additional contributions were received on Wednesday and Thursday.

“The community has come through again and shown its generosity,” said Jen Welch, one of this year’s co-chairs for Merchants Bank. “We are truly thankful for the great work of all of our volunteers who have helped to make the food drive a success.”

The 2017 total breaks down to $93,673 in cash and 20,552 pounds of food. For the purposes of the total, two pounds of food are counted for each dollar. Last year’s total was 206,050 pounds. The total for 29 years now stands at 3,253,363 pounds.

“Our goal each year is to make sure no one in Winona County goes hungry this winter, and the work of the people in the area has helped make our way toward that goal,” Welch said.

Merchants collected nonperishable food items at its locations as well as at participating businesses, schools, churches and daycares around the area. A list of participating businesses, schools, churches and daycares is at www.merchantsbank.com/10daysofgiving.