Through Monday afternoon nearly one thousand votes had been cast for area food shelves during "Swipe Out Hunger," the Merchants Bank's Facebook giveaway.
Leading the way, were The Hunger Task Force with about 18-percent of the vote, the La Crescent Food Share with 17-percent of the vote, and Winona Volunteer Services with about 15-percent the vote.
Merchants Bank is donating 5 cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card is used between up to December 15th, up to a total of $10,000, for area food shelves during "Swipe Out Hunger."
Supporters of area food shelves can vote once per day for their chosen organization. At the end of the giveaway, nominated food shelves will receive a percentage of total amount of money raised based on the percentage of votes that organization receives on Merchants Bank's Facebook page.
A number of food shelves were nominated by Merchants Bank locations throughout the southeastern Minnesota area.