Final totals for the 10 Days of Giving food drive through the end of the day Wednesday were at 262,456 pounds of food. The 10 Days of Giving supports the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services. This is the second largest collection in the 30-year history of the annual food drive.
“On behalf of our entire Merchants team, I want to thank everyone who donated and our community partners. Your generosity is heart-warming and will help so many people in Winona this winter,” said Andrew Guzzo, Regional President for Merchants Bank.
Business, school, church and daycare pickups were Tuesday, December 11 and some contributions were received on Wednesday, December 12. Additional donations are expected through the remainder of this week.
This year’s total breaks down to $118,145.50 in cash and 26,165 pounds of food. For the purposes of the total, two pounds of food are counted for each dollar. Last year’s total was 207,898 pounds. The total for 30 years now stands at 3,520,632 pounds.
Merchants collected nonperishable food items at its locations as well as at participating businesses, schools, churches and daycares around the area (view a full list).
The 10 Days of Giving food drive is an annual community collaboration between Merchants Bank and Winona Volunteer Services to make sure no one in Winona County goes hungry each winter. Since 1989, the drive has collected more than 3,500,000 pounds of food and helped thousands of people in Winona County. In addition to the Winona drive, other Merchants Bank locations partner with their respective local food shelf in a similar effort. To learn more about the 10 Days of Giving in your area, visit www.merchantsbank.com/10daysofgiving