Merchants Bank's record-breaking totals for its 25th annual "Ten Days of Giving" food drive have gone even higher.
The bank reports a final total of just over 280,000 pounds of food.
The total breaks down to about $127,600 dollars in cash, and 24,830 pounds of actual food. The previous record was set in 2009 when just over 250,000 pounds of food was collected. For the purposes of the total each dollar in cash is counted as two pounds of food.
That brings the 25-year total for food collected to nearly 2.4 million pounds.
Drive Co-chair Mark Metzler said this year's drive was successful because we came together as a community to help people, to make sure that no one in Winona County goes hungry.
The food and money will benefit Winona Volunteer Services which operates the Winona County Food Shelves and is also celebrating its 40th anniversary
More than 30 area schools and child-care centers and more than 150 businesses participated in this year's drive.