St. Louis Library’s “Food for Fines” program helps feed the needy

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis Public Library and the St. Louis Area Foodbank are bringing back their popular program for its seventh consecutive year, “Food for Fines.” This program, which runs until July 31st, allows adults to pay down their library fines by donating canned goods and personal care items to any St. Louis Public Library location. For every item donated, $1 will be subtracted from overdue fines. Adults can pay down their fines for up to $25. For those who don’t have fines but still want to donate food, the St. Louis Public Library will be accepting donations for the Foodbank until the end of July.

In 2013, Food for Fines donated enough food for nearly 11,000 meals for the less fortunate, and the hope is to surpass that total in 2014.

The most-needed items include:

  • Canned Meat (ham, tuna, or chicken)
  • Canned Fruit
  • Rice & Beans (dry or canned)
  • Pasta
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Plastic-Bottled Juices, Jellies & Baby Food
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Boxed Complete Meals
  • Hot & Cold Cereal
  • Beef Stew or Ravioli
  • Canned Soup
  • Baby Formula
  • Canned Chili
  • Powdered Milk
  • Granola & Breakfast Bars
  • Crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Boxed Fruit Snacks
  • Condiments

You may also donate toiletries such as soap, lotions, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, and baby products. Please, no glass items.

For more information on “Food for Fines”, please call 314-880-8759

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