Jennifer Welch Named 10 Days of Giving Chair

Jennifer Welch, 10 Days of Giving Chair

Jennifer Welch has again been named the Chair for Merchants Bank’s 2020 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 32nd year. To date, more than 3.7 million pounds of food have been collected.

“We are dedicated to serving our Winona community, no matter the current conditions. We are thankful for the generosity of the Winona community over the last 31 years in supporting this annual campaign to help those who have needs in our community,” said Regional President Andrew Guzzo.

This year there will still be a variety of special events that can be conducted safely, including a Pack the Bus to Drive Out Hunger event on December 5 in the Merchants Bank – Downtown parking lot. The Friday Night Fish Fry will be held on December 4 by offering exclusively takeout orders from Eagles Club #1243. Last year’s campaign raised 236,495 pounds of food for WVS.

“While we had to re-think how we were going to do this campaign this year, there is still a very real need that our friends and neighbors in this community have for the support that WVS provides. It is an honor to be the Chair for this campaign and a privilege to work with our incredible team and community that makes this event a success,” Welch said. Welch is a Customer Service Representative as well as the Bank’s Events and Adventures Coordinator. This is her seventh year leading the coordination of the campaign.

There continues to be a need in the area. So far in 2020, Winona Volunteer Services helped over 700 households through their food shelf or emergency food services.

More than ever this year, monetary donations will be the safest and most efficient way to support WVS. 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: Indicate “10 Days of Giving” after entering your name. For questions, please call Jennifer Welch at (507) 457-1108.

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 3.7 million 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