Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving” reached the third highest total in the 23-year history of the drive. The final total for the food drive was at 173,064 pounds.
“People in this area are very generous, and we’re extremely pleased with the total, especially given the economic challenges many people continue to experience,” said Dennis Miller, co-chair of this year’s drive. “Even though the ’10 Days of Giving’ have come to a close, we still encourage those who have yet to have the opportunity, to give generously to those in need.”
The final totals include $68,790 in cash and 35,484 pounds of food. For purposes of the calculation, each dollar is counted as two pounds of food. Because of its buying power, Volunteer Services is often able to do much better than two pounds of food for every dollar.
This year’s total trailed only 2009’s record of 250,236 pounds of food, and last year’s total of 199,559.
An anonymous $10,000 gift kicked of the campaign on December 1. With this year’s contributions, the 23-year total for the “10 Days of Giving” stands at 1,884,940 pounds.
While Merchants Bank provides the leadership and volunteer coordination for the annual Food Drive, the Bank’s partners – more than 30 schools and more than 150 businesses, as well as many individual community members – are the ones who bring in the food.
All contributions of food and cash have been forwarded to the Food Shelf programs operated for Winona County by Winona Volunteer Services and the Southea