After two days of pick-ups at area schools and businesses, the "10 Days of Giving" Food Drive has broken its record with 265,223 pounds of food collected.
The total breaks down to $122,777 in cash and 19,669 in pounds of food. The previous record was set in 2009 when just over 250,000 pounds of food was collected. For the purposes of the total, two pounds of food are counted for each dollar.
Drive Co-chair Mark Metzler says it shows the true generous nature of the people in the community.
Metzler, along with several volunteers, made a pickup at Winona Senior High School Friday afternoon. The students gathered over 5,200 pounds of food and cash donations.
Student Council Advisor, Kris Nibbelink, says the students are donating all the proceeds from their holiday dance Friday night to the cause.
Collections will still be taken through the end of the day Monday, with final totals released on Tuesday.
You can still bring contributions into Merchants Bank locations, or drop a donation off at Winona Volunteer Services, 402 East Second Street. Checks may be made payable to the "10 Days of Giving."