Late giving pushed Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving” to nearly 200,000 pounds of food, the second highest total in the 22-year history of the drive. The final total for the food drive has reached 199,559 pounds.
“This is a tremendous holiday gift. My co-workers join me in congratulating the members of our community on their generosity,” said Chris Duellman, co-chair of this year’s drive.
The final totals include $79,624 in cash and 40,311 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.
While this year’s total, falls short of 2009’s record of 250,236 pounds of food, it is the second highest total by nearly 25,000 pounds.
An anonymous $10,000 gift kicked off the campaign on December 1. With this year’s contributions, the 22-year total for the “10 Days of Giving” stands at 1,711,876 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 Southeastern Minnesota Rural Education & Resource Center in St. Charles.