Jennifer Welch and Dawn Stenberg have again been named co-chairs for Merchants Bank’s 2019 10 Days of Giving food drive, which runs December 1-10. The effort, which benefits food shelf programs operated by Winona Volunteer Services (WVS), will be celebrating its 31st year. To date, more than 3.5 million pounds of food have been collected.
“It is a privilege for Merchants Bank to once again coordinate this effort on behalf of Winona Volunteer Services. We are thankful for the generosity of the Winona community over the last 30 years in supporting this annual campaign,”said Regional President Andrew Guzzo.
Last year’s campaign featured a variety of events in the Winona community, including fundraising days at local restaurants, the Holiday Lighted Parade, the Holiday Concert for the Hungry and the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. The campaign raised 254,075 pounds of food for WVS. It was the campaign’s second-highest total in its 30-year history.
“It is a very real need that our friends and neighbors in our community have for the support that WVS provides. It is an honor to be a co-chair for this beneficial campaign and we have an incredible team and community that makes this event a success,” Welch said. Welch is a Treasury Management Specialist as well as the Bank’s Events and Adventures Coordinator. She is serving her sixth year as co-chair.
There continues to be a need in the area. Through the end of 2018, an average number of 751 households were registered for the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services and more than 3,000 individuals were served. Another 1,132 people were helped at the Emergency food shelf. Last year WVS distributed 499,272 pounds of food. Additionally, 393 elementary students received healthy weekend snacks during the 2018-19 school year.
“I am thrilled to be back again as a co-chair for 10 Days of Giving,” Stenberg said, a Mortgage Lender and in her second year serving as co-chair. “It’s wonderful to see community members come out to support WVS and their mission to help our neighbors in their times of need.”
As in the past, Merchants will be collecting at its locations as well as at schools and participating businesses around the area. For questions, please call Dawn Stenberg at (507) 457-1109 or Jennifer Welch at (507) 457-1108. Monetary donations can be made out to 10 Days of Giving and mailed to, or dropped off at Merchants Bank, 102 E. 3rd Street, Winona, MN 55987. If you would like to make a donation online, visit the Winona Volunteer Services website: www.winonavs.org. Indicate “10 Days of Giving” after entering your name.
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 3,000,000 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 http://www.merchantsbank.com/10daysofgiving.