Thank you, St. Louis Public Library Patrons!
Through this year’s Food For Fines program, patrons donated 10,342 lbs. of food, which will provide 8,443 meals to area families in need through the St. Louis Area Foodbank. SLPL’s Food For Fines Program, which just completed its 11th season, runs throughout the month of July. The Library removes $1 in overdue fines from an adult cardholder’s Library account for each non-perishable food item donated, up to $25 per account.
The only cure for hunger is generosity. Donations made this year by St. Louis Public Library patrons will help many St. Louis families in need.
Each year it is estimated that 40 million tons of food is donated to the Foodbank and less than 5 percent of that goes to waste. Now located in a 92,000-square-foot facility in Bridgeton, the Foodbank not only provides more than 30 million meals and serves 392,700 people throughout the Metro St. Louis area but also provides opportunities to more than 15,000 volunteers eager to serve. These volunteers can be entire families to entire corporations.
In St. Louis, one in eight people needs food assistance, of which 31 percent are children and 14 percent are senior citizens 60 years of age and older. Despite having jobs, 77 percent of households have incomes that fall at or are below the federal poverty level.
Although no one is ever happy to discover they owe fines for late materials to the Library, it is remarkable how much the patrons of the St. Louis Public Library are inspired to give, not only to forgive a few dollars in fines but especially to help those less fortunate than themselves. Thank you all for your incredible generosity and donations that are most certainly helping your neighbors.