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Fourth Annual "Food for Fines" Yields Thousands of Meals PRESS RELEASE

CITY LIBRARY AND ST. LOUIS AREA FOODBANK’S FOURTH ANNUAL “FOOD FOR FINES” PROGRAM YIELDS THOUSANDS OF MEALS

 

St. Louis, MO… The St. Louis Public Library and the St. Louis Area Foodbank are proud to announce that their partnership in the fourth annual “Food for Fines” program was another major success. Throughout July, adult readers brought in canned goods of all types—from baby formula to canned stew—to St. Louis Public Library locations around the city. For every item brought in, $1 was subtracted from overdue fines. Although some patrons owed as little as a nickel, they still made donations.

Food barrels filled rapidly (and repeatedly) at some locations. In total, Library patrons donated an incredible 12,934 pounds (almost six-and-a-half TONS!) of food. According to St. Louis Area Foodbank officials, the donations will provide 10,347 meals for families and individuals in need throughout our area.

The “Food for Fines” program provides a meaningful way for St. Louisans to help their community. Patrons at all Library locations participated. As in previous years even those who did not owe fines, but who wanted to help their neighbors in need, donated items. We continue to be impressed by the way St. Louisans respond when their neighbors need a hand.

The Library is proud to have partnered 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 the hungry in 14 eastern Missouri and 12 southwestern Illinois counties.

Thank you, St. Louis, for continuing to make “Foods for Fines” a success.

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

 

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8/17/2011