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Area food shelves receive money from “Swipe Out Hunger”


Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Merchants Bank’s “Swipe Out Hunger” Facebook giveaway has concluded with more than 1,700 votes cast to benefit area food shelves.

Merchants Bank donated 5 cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card was used between November 29 and December 15, for a total of $10,000 to be split among the food shelves. Votes were placed on Merchants Bank’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MerchantsBank.

Merchants Bank representatives will be presenting food shelf representatives with checks within the coming week.

The Food Shelves were nominated by 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:

•360 Communities (Lakeville): $270

•Cannon Falls Food Shelf (Cannon Falls): $540

•Channel One Rochester (Rochester): $569

•Eagan & Lakeville Resource Center (Apple Valley and Rosemount): $352

•Friends in Need Food Shelf (Cottage Grove): $387

•Hastings Family Services (Hastings): $751

•La Crescent Food Share (La Crescent): $2,383

•Randolph Food Shelf (Hampton): $264

•Red Wing Area Food Shelf (Red Wing): $250

•SEMCAC Houston County Food Shelf (Caledonia and Spring Grove): $387

•SEMCAC in Preston (Lanesboro): $250

•SEMCAC in Rushford (Rushford): $370

•Southeastern Minnesota Education & Resource Center (St. Charles): $250

•The Hunger Task Force (Onalaska): $2,066

•Winona Volunteer Services (Winona, Lakeside, Goodview): $1,238

A minimum of $250 was given to nominated food shelves. Total amount given away was $10,327.

Merchants Bank has $1.348 billion in assets and 20 locations. Recently, Merchants Bank announced plans to acquire an Alliance Bank location in Eau Claire, Wis. The “flagship” Merchants Bank in Winona was founded in 1875. Merchants Bank is a member FDIC and equal housing lender. Merchants Capital, the company’s leasing arm, is based in the Twin Cities. The ownership of Merchants Financial Group is made up of its employees and approximately 400 shareholders, mostly individuals and families from southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin.

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