The final total for the 10 Days of Giving food drive through the end of the day on Wednesday, December 16 was at 260,211 pounds of food. This is the second highest total since 2013, when over 280,000 pounds were collected. The 10 Days of Giving supports the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services.
“On behalf of everyone at Merchants, I want to extend a very warm thank you to all of those who donated and our community partners for supporting 10 Days of Giving campaign. Thanks to your generosity, this year we collected our second highest total, an incredible accomplishment given all of the circumstances this year,” said Merchants Bank Winona and Southern Regions President Andrew Guzzo.
“Seeing the community come together, safely, of course, to show this much support for friends and neighbors really warms your heart,” said Chair Jennifer Welch. “We are so glad that new events like our Kick Off Red Trailer Lunch and Pack the Bus to Drive Out Hunger, which both took place outside in our Downtown location parking lot, were so well received.”
The year total breaks down to $123,566 in cash and 13,079 pounds of food. For the purposes of the total, two pounds of food are counted for each dollar. Last year’s total was 236,495 pounds. The total for 32 years now stands at 4,008,957 pounds.
“Once again we are so moved by our community’s generosity, especially during a difficult year. We are so appreciative of everyone who supported this worthy cause. Despite being in and out of school and work, together we were all able to make a difference. We are fortunate to have such a warm, caring community,” said Chair Jennifer Welch.
Merchants collected monetary and food donations at its locations via the drive-up facility as well as at participating organizations 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 4 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. Learn more about the 10 Days of Giving food drive in your area.