After two days of pick-up at area schools and businesses, the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive has passed 160,000 pounds of food.
“We thank all of those who have participated,” said Tammy Johnson, who is co-chair of the food drive. “This is a great help in making sure all the people in Winona County will have food to eat this winter.”
So far, 161,291 pounds of food have been collected. That breaks down to $68,852 in cash and 23,587 in pounds of food collected. The numbers are actually ahead of last year’s totals through pick-up of food and donations at area schools and businesses, but Johnson pointed out that last-minute generosity pushed last year’s total to more than 206,000 pounds.
“The amount of last year’s late donation was unexpected, but we are hopeful that we will continue to receive donations over the next few days,” Johnson said. “We are pleased with the amount of giving and appreciative of what we’ve received. People throughout the area are very generous.”
Several other pick-ups are still scheduled. Final totals will be released Thursday. You can still bring contributions into Merchants Bank locations, or drop a donation off at Winona Volunteer Services.
All of the food and money collected throughout the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive, will be used to support Food Shelf Programs operated for Winona County by Winona Volunteer Services and the Southeastern Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center in St. Charles.
This is the 24th consecutive year that Merchants Bank has served as the coordinator for the “10 Days of Giving.”
Merchants Bank is a member FDIC.