Food for Fines 2011

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 for the fourth consecutive year.

From July 1 through 31, adults can pay down their fines by donating 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” is the ideal way for patrons to get their Library card in good standing and give back to the community. And give they do. Last year participants donated more than 15,000 items—enough for nearly 12,000 meals! Once users pay down their fine, they’ll be able to enjoy everything the Library has to offer.

The Library is pleased to continue its partnership with the Foodbank in this important effort. The St. Louis Area Foodbank is a nonprofit food distribution center that gathers and distributes more than 13 million pounds of food each year to food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and emergency feeding programs in Missouri and Illinois.

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 donated items for the Foodbank.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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