Merchants Bank’s “Swipe Out Hunger” Facebook giveaway has concluded with a donation of $500.00 to Semcac. 

In the bank’s seventh annual campaign, the top three donations were awarded based on the total number of votes for Hastings Family Service ($2,500), the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse ($1,500) and 360 Communities ($1,000). The 10 other local food shelves that participated each received a $500 donation. More than 3,400 votes were cast in this year’s giveaway. 

The Food Shelves were nominated by Merchants Bank locations (bank locations making the nomination are noted in parentheses). There were a number of locations that nominated the same organization. The “Swipe Out Hunger” awards break down as follows: 

Semcac (Caledonia, Lanesboro, Rushford, Spring Grove): $500.00 

360 Communities (Lakeville & Rosemount): $1,000.00 

Cannon Falls Food Shelf (Cannon Falls): $500.00 

Channel One Regional Food Bank (Rochester): $ 500.00 

Feed My People (Eau Claire): $500.00 

Friends in Need Food Shelf (Cottage Grove): $500.00 

Hastings Family Service (Hastings): $2,500.00 

Hometown Resource Center (St. Charles): $500.00 

The Hunger Task Force (Onalaska): $1,500.00 

La Crescent Food Share (La Crescent): $500.00 

The Open Door Pantry (Apple Valley): $500.00 

Randolph Food Shelf (Hampton): $500.00 

Winona Volunteer Services (Winona) $500.00 

This year the bank donated five cents each time a Merchants Bank credit/debit card was used and $100 for every checking or savings account opened from August 1-8 for a total of $10,000. During last year’s “Swipe Out Hunger” giveaway Hastings Family Service received the top donation and more than 4,400 total votes were cast. In its seven-year history, Swipe Out Hunger has donated more than $70,000 to support local food shelf programs in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

Merchants Bank is a full service community bank with 21 branches in southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. Headquartered in Winona, MN, the Bank has more than $1.76 billion in assets and was founded in 1875. Member FDIC. 

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