Merchants Bank Looks to “Swipe Out Hunger” for Area Food Shelves

Swipe Out Hunger

During “Swipe Out Hunger,” the Merchants Bank’ sixth annual Facebook Giveaway, the Bank will be donating five cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card is used and $100 for every checking or savings account opened between August 1-8, up to a total of $10,000, to area food shelves.

The “Swipe Out Hunger” giveaway will work like this:

  • Supporters of area food shelves will be able to vote once per day between August 1-8 for their chosen food shelves on the Merchants Bank Facebook page (
  • At the end of the giveaway, the food shelves with the top three vote totals will receive donations of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place. All other food shelves will evenly split the remaining $5,000.

Participating food shelves were nominated by Merchants Bank locations (Bank locations making the nomination are noted in parentheses). A number of locations nominated the same food shelf based on which organization serves the needs of their community. Participating this year are:

  • 360 Communities (Lakeville)
  • Cannon Falls Food Shelf (Cannon Falls)
  • Channel 1 (Rochester)
  • Feed My People (Eau Claire)
  • Friends in Need Food Shelf (Cottage Grove)
  • Hastings Family Service (Hastings)
  • The Hunger Task Force (Onalaska)
  • La Crescent Food Share (La Crescent)
  • The Open Door Pantry (Apple Valley and Rosemount)
  • Randolph Food Shelf (Hampton)
  • SEMCAC (Caledonia, Lanesboro, Rushford, Spring Grove)
  • Hometown Resource Center (St. Charles)
  • Winona Volunteer Services (Winona, Lakeside, Goodview)

“It’s a privilege to work with our local food shelf on Swipe Out Hunger again this year and provide a platform to help spread the word about the necessary and valuable services they provide to our community,” said Greg Evans, Merchants Bank President & CEO.

Last year, Merchants Bank donated $10,000.00 to local food shelves through Swipe Out Hunger and 3,627 votes were cast. In it’s five-year history, the campaign has donated more than $50,000 to food shelf partners in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Everyone is invited to vote for your favorite food shelf by visiting the Merchants Bank Facebook page during the campaign (August 1-8).

Contest rules can be found at