Winona, Minn., bank “swipes” out hunger

Merchants Bank, Winona, Minn., will be donating five cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card was used between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, up to a total of $10,000, to area food shelves during “Swipe Out Hunger,” the bank’s fifth annual Facebook Giveaway.

Supporters of area food shelves were able to vote once per day from Aug. 1 to Aug. 8 for their chosen food shelves on the Merchants Bank Facebook page. At the end of the giveaway, the food shelves with the top three vote totals will receive donations of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place. All other food shelves will evenly split the remaining $5,000.

Last year, Merchants Bank donated $10,146.67 to local food shelves through Swipe Out Hunger and 5,841 votes were cast.