Merchants Bank’s 10 Days of Giving Food Drive Kicks Off 31st Year

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Merchants Bank kicked off the 31st annual 10 Days of Giving food drive on Monday morning. The drive runs December 1-10 and benefits the food shelf programs operated by Winona Volunteer Services (WVS). Through the first 30 years, more than 3.5 million pounds of food have been collected.

Co-chairs Jennifer Welch and Dawn Stenberg will be leading 10 Days efforts this year. Joining them at the kick-off press conference were Merchants Bank Winona and Southern Regions President Andrew Guzzo, WVS Executive Director Sandra Burke, Winona Mayor Mark Peterson and other participants. The drive was kicked off this year with a $10,000 donation from Steve Craney, in memory of his late wife, Gina Craney.

“We honored to coordinate this campaign and are so grateful to the Winona community for their generosity. It is so inspiring to see the involvement from schools and local businesses, as well as all of our community members,” said Guzzo.

Last year, the 10 Days of Giving campaign collected 254,075 pounds of food. Two pounds of food are calculated for each dollar brought in. One area that keeps improving is the amount of monetary donations that are brought in to support the drive.

“We value and appreciate any donation, but as a food shelf, our monetary dollars go farther at the grocery store than an individual’s,” said Burke. “What that means is, Winona Volunteer Services can purchase $50.00 worth of food with just $15.00.”

Burke said 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.

Joining Andrew Guzzo, Sandra Burke and Mark Peterson giving the ceremonial “First Gift of Food” were Christian Kline, a first-grade student at Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School and Payton Kammerer, a third-grade student at St. Stanislaus Elementary School.

As in the past, Merchants will be collecting at its locations as well as at schools and participating businesses around the area (view a full list at www.merchantsbank.com/10daysofgiving). For questions, please call Jennifer Welch at (507) 457-1108 or Dawn Stenberg at (507) 457-1109. Monetary donations can be made out to 10 Days of Giving and can be 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.

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 3.5 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 www.merchantsbank.com/10daysofgiving.

Jennifer Welch, Dawn Stenberg Named 10 Days of Giving Co-Chairs

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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.

10 Days of Giving in Winona at 262,456 Pounds for 2018

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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

10 Days of Giving Food Drive Reports 82,094 Pounds of Food Collected

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Through Tuesday, Merchants Bank’s 30th annual 10 Days of Giving Food Drive was at 82,094 pounds of food collected to benefit the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services (WVS).

The number of pounds of food collected included $41,047 in cash and 822 pounds of food. A $10,000 anonymous donation is part of the collection total. Through the same time last year, 75,526 pounds of food had been collected. Two pounds of food are counted for each dollar collected. WVS Executive Director Sandra Burke pointed out at the food drive’s opening news conference that WVS can purchase about $50.00 worth of food with just $15.00.

“Seeing the Winona community come together to support the 10 Days of Giving is truly inspiring. We know our local students are busy gathering donations and are excited to contribute. Thank everyone who has donated so far,” said Dawn Stenberg, 10 Days of Giving Committee Co-Chair.

Last year, 207,898 pounds of food was collected. The drive started this year with more than 3,000,000 pounds collected through its first 29 years. More events are scheduled throughout the week, including the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, which is scheduled to be at the Winona Amtrak Station at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9. Merchants Bank will be serving refreshments during the stop.

Community members are also invited to attend these 10 Days of Giving events:

  • Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, December 7 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. Cost is $11.00.
  • Holiday Lighted Parade on Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m. and coordinated by the Goodview Activity Group.

For more details about these and other upcoming 10 Days events, visit www.merchantsbank.com/10daysofgiving.

“We are looking forward to seeing many people at the Fish Fry Dinner on Friday. Eat in or takeout options are available and you can buy your tickets right at the door,” said Jen Welch, 10 Days of Giving Committee Co-Chair.

As in the past, Merchants will be collecting at its locations as well as at schools and participating businesses around the area (view full list). For questions, please call Welch at 457-1108 or Stenberg at 457-1109. Monetary donations can be made out to 10 Days of Giving and can be 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: 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 www.merchantsbank.com/10daysofgiving.

10 Days of Giving Food Drive Kicks Off 30th Anniversary Year

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Merchants Bank kicked off the 30th Annual 10 Days of Giving food drive on Friday morning. The drive will run December 1-10 and benefit the food shelf programs operated by Winona Volunteer Services (WVS). Through the first 30 years, more than 3,000,000 pounds of food has been collected.

Co-chairs Dawn Stenberg and Jennifer Welch will be leading 10 Days efforts this year. Joining them at the kick-off press conference were Merchants Bank Winona and Southern Regions President Andrew Guzzo, WVS Executive Director Sandra Burke and the staff from WVS, Winona Mayor Mark Peterson and other participants.

“Over the last 30 years, the 10 Days of Giving has proved to be a true community effort. We’re happy to see so many schools and local businesses involved, in addition to individual community supporters,” said Guzzo.

Last year, the “10 Days of Giving” collected 207,898 pounds of food. Two pounds of food are calculated for each dollar brought in. One area that keeps improving is the amount of monetary donations that are brought in to support the drive.

“We’re so appreciative of all donations, but our buying power as a food shelf can truly make monetary donations go much farther,” said Burke. “For example, Winona Volunteer Services can purchase about $50.00 worth of food with just $15.00.”

Burke said there continues to be a need in the area. Through the end of 2017, Winona Volunteer Services served more than 3,168 individuals were served. Another 1,504 people were helped at the Emergency food shelf. Last year WVS distributed 538,081 pounds of food. Additionally, 388 elementary students received healthy weekend snacks during the school year.

Joining Guzzo, Burke and Peterson giving the ceremonial “First Gift of Food” were Evan Galewski, a second student at Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School; Siena Moore, a first grade student at Jefferson Elementary School; and Lucy Puetz, a first grade student at St. Stanislaus Elementary School.

The community is invited to several special 10 Days of Giving events that will be held this weekend:

  • Saturday, December 1: 10% of all sales at Island City Brewing benefit the food drive.
  • Saturday, December 1: 10% of all sales at Beno’s Deli benefit the food drive. Plus, bring in two cans of food and receive $1.00 off the purchase of a sandwich.
  • Saturday, December 1: View the Winter Wonderland Department 56 Snow Village from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. at 64 East 4th Street in Winona. Admission is the gift of food or a monetary donation.
  • Sunday, December 2: Enjoy Winona State University’s annual Holiday Concert for the Hungary beginning at 2:00 p.m. at 450 Johnson Street. Admission is the gift of food or a monetary donation.

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 Welch at 457-1108 or Stenberg at 457-1109. Monetary donations can be made out to 10 Days of Giving and can be 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: 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 www.merchantsbank.com/10daysofgiving.

Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove Launches Tenth 10 Days of Giving

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Merchants Bank is launching its tenth annual 10 Days of Giving food drive to help those in need who utilize the Friends in Need Food Shelf in Cottage Grove and the Christian Covered Emergency Food Shelf (CCEFS) in Woodbury. The drive runs December 1-10.

“Our Bank is fortunate to be working with two community food shelves to help them meet collection goals during our 10th anniversary year for 10 Days of Giving,“ said Randy Bachman, Branch Manager of Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove. “We’re hoping it’s our best year yet.”

Last year, the 10 Days of Giving helped to collect 21,253 food and personal items and $171.95 in cash donations for the Friends in Need Food Shelf. People are asked to bring toiletries and monetary donations to Merchants Bank’s at 8479 East Point Douglas Road S. Checks can be made out to the “10 Days of Giving.”

Donations can also be made at the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop, near the Sieben Bridge, in front of the Youth Service Bureau, at 5:15 p.m. on December 10.

Donations can also be made at these participating schools, school district offices and other locations:

  • Armstrong Elementary
  • Cottage Grove Elementary
  • Crestview Elementary
  • the District Program Center ISD 833
  • the District Service Center ISD 833
  • East Ridge High School
  • Grey Cloud Elementary
  • Hillside Elementary
  • Lake Middle School
  • Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion
  • Oltman Middle School
  • Park High School
  • Pine Hill Elementary
  • Pullman Elementary
  • Red Rock Elementary
  • Royal Oaks Elementary
  • the Transportation Department ISD 833
  • Woodbury High School
  • Woodbury Middle School
  • Woodbury YMCA

The 10 Days of Giving food drive is an annual community collaboration between Merchants Bank in St. Charles, Friends in Need Food Shelf and CCEFS to help stock local food shelves each winter. Since 2008, the drive has collected thousands of pounds of food and helped thousands of people in the area. In addition to the Cottage Grove and Woodbury drives, 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.

Merchants Bank in St. Charles Launches 30th 10 Days of Giving

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Merchants Bank in St. Charles will once again partner with the Hometown Resource Center and area schools to help those in need during the 10 Days of Giving food drive, December 1-10.

“We are fortunate to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 10 Days of Giving this year with a wonderful partner in the Hometown Resource Center,” said Merchants Bank’s Sandra Pasche, who is coordinating this year’s drive. “I’ve been overwhelmed each year by the generosity of this community and I’m sure this year will be no exception.”

The Hometown Resource Center provides assistance to those in need in the St. Charles area. Students in the St. Charles area will be asked to provide donations of non-perishable food items and monetary donations. Additionally, individuals and businesses in the St. Charles area are being encouraged to make donations. Donations can be placed in barrels Dec. 1-10 (barrels will be picked up Monday, December 10) at these locations:

  • Merchants Bank
  • Charles Day Care
  • Charles Elementary School
  • Charles High School
  • Matthews Community Preschool

Cash donations are preferred because they allow the Hometown Resource Center to buy the products it needs the most. Monetary donations can be brought or mailed to Merchants Bank in St. Charles, 1130 Whitewater Avenue.

The 10 Days of Giving food drive is an annual community collaboration between Merchants Bank in St. Charles and the Hometown Resource Center to make sure no one in St. Charles goes hungry each winter. Since 1989, the drive has collected thousands of pounds of food and helped thousands of people in the area. In addition to the St. Charles 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.