Food shelves receive money from Swipe Out Hunger

Merchants Bank’s “Swipe Out Hunger” Facebook giveaway has concluded with donations of $500 to The Open Door Pantry and Randolph Food Shelf and $1,000 to 360 Communities, which came in third place.

This is the first year 360 Communities has claimed one of the top three spots in the seven-year history of Swipe Out Hunger. This year, 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. 360 Communities received a total of 480 votes from Aug. 1-8.

The Food Shelves were nominated by Merchants Bank locations. There were a number of locations that nominated the same organization.

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 Aug. 1-8 for a total of $10,000. 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, the bank has more than $1.76 billion in assets and was founded in 1875.

Omar’s Tires and Auto joins U-Haul Dealer Network

Omar’s Tires and Auto has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Burnsville community.

Omar’s Tires and Auto at 14053 Grand Ave. will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.

U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 offers a more secure way to pick up and return a truck. Since 2017, U-Haul Live Verify technology has allowed customers to conduct transactions entirely on their smartphones at any hour – day or night. There are no membership fees. People can ceate an online account at uhaul.com to start skipping the lines and stop worrying about store hours.

Normal business hours are 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 612-284-6349 or visiting https://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Burnsville-MN-55337/032313.

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