Food for Fines 2010

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library and the St. Louis Area Foodbank are proud to announce that their popular “Food for Fines” program has returned. Thanks to overwhelmingly positive feedback from its “Read Down Your Fines” program for children and teens, the Library created a version so that adult patrons can reduce their late fees too!

From July 1 through 31, adults can pay down their fines by bringing in canned goods to any St. Louis Public Library location. For every item brought in, $1 will be subtracted from overdue fines. A $25 limit applies to fines only—not to lost or damaged materials.

“Food for Fines” presents a great opportunity for patrons to give back to the community and get their Library record back in good standing. Patrons can then take full advantage of the great materials and programs the Library offers such as downloadable movies, computer classes, CDs, DVDs, and Pageturners!

The Library is pleased to partner with the St. Louis Area Foodbank in this effort. The St. Louis Area Foodbank is a nonprofit food distribution center for organizations that feed hungry people in the City of St. Louis, 13 counties in eastern Missouri, and 12 counties southwestern Illinois. The Library reports that an impressive 11,570 food items were collected during the 2009 program. That total is the equivalent of 13,265 pounds of food or 10,612 meals according to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

The Foodbank can accept:

*  Canned Meats

*  Peanut Butter

*  Canned Fruits

*  Beef Stew

*  Canned Soup

*  Baby Formula

*  Canned Chili

*  Hot & Cold Cereal

*  Rice & Beans

*  Powdered Milk

*  Macaroni & Cheese

*  Canned Vegetables


Even if patrons don’t have fines, the Library will gladly accept items for the Foodbank.

For more information, call the Library’s Customer Service Department at 314-539-0342.

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