Food for Fines 2010 Yields Bountiful Harvest

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library and the St. Louis Area Foodbank are proud to announce that their partnership in the third annual “Food for Fines” program was another huge success. Throughout July, adult readers brought in canned goods of all kinds from baby formula to beef stew to St. Louis Public Library locations throughout the city. For every item brought in, up to $1 was subtracted from overdue fines. Although some patrons owed as little as 10 cents, they still made donations. Food barrels were filled up several times at many locations. Overall, Library patrons turned in an amazing 14,726 pounds of food—an increase of nearly three-quarters of a ton over last year’s record total. According to St. Louis Area Foodbank officials, the food will provide 11,781 meals (1,100 more than last year) for those in need throughout our area—meals that are especially beneficial in today’s difficult economic times.

The “Food for Fines” program provides a meaningful way for St. Louisans to serve the community. Patrons at all of our locations participated. As has been the case in previous years, even some who did not owe fines but wanted to contribute to the cause donated items. We are always impressed by the way that St. Louisans come through to help neighbors in need.

The Library is proud to have partnered once again with the St. Louis Area Foodbank in this important initiative. The St. Louis Area Foodbank is a nonprofit food distribution center for organizations that feed hungry people in 14 eastern Missouri and 12 southwestern Illinois counties.

Thank you, St. Louis, for making “Food for Fines” a success!

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

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