Pay off your library fines with 'Food for Fines'

National Library Week 2014 is April 13 to April 19 and the Phoenix Public Libraries is celebrating by once again helping you get out of debt – at least when it comes to overdue books.

Yes, it’s the time of year you’ve been waiting for! Come into any of 13 Phoenix Public Library locations from April 12 to April 26 with canned or non-perishable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and the library will wipe out any outstanding fines.

During “Food for Fines,” you’ll receive a 50-cent credit per canned or non-perishable food toward your library fines. For the second straight year, Phoenix Public Libraries have decided to raise the maximum total of fines that can be paid with donated food from $50 to as much as $75! And also this year, “Food for Fines” will also apply not only to outstanding fines but to lost items or collections as well!

The program has collected a record 41,000 pounds of food for Arizona’s hungry last year – so we know you’ve been waiting for this chance to come correct with your favorite librarian! The library branches taking part in the “Food for Fines” program that benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance include:

Burton Barr Main Branch – 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix

Agave – 23550 North 36th Avenue, Phoenix

Cesar Chavez – 3635 West Baseline Road, Laveen

Century – 1750 East Highland Avenue, Phoenix

Cholla – 10050 Metro Parkway East, Phoenix

Desert Sage – 7602 West Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix

Harmon – 1325 South 5th Avenue, Phoenix

Ironwood – 4333 East Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ

Ocotillo – 102 West Southern Avenue, Phoenix AZ

Palo Verde – 4402 North 51st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Saguaro – 2808 North 46th Street, Phoenix, AZ

South Mountain – 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Yucca – 5648 North 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

For more information on “Food for Fines” or for a listing of the new Phoenix Library operating hours, log on to www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org.

Pay off your library fines with a food donation during Food For Fines

National Library Week 2013 is April 14th – April 20th and the Phoenix Public Libraries is celebrating by once again helping you get out of debt – at least when it comes to overdue books.

Yes, it’s the time of year you’ve been waiting for! Come into any of 15 Phoenix Public Library locations from April 13th to April 27th with canned or non-perishable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and the library will wipe out any outstanding fines.

During “Food for Fines,” you’ll receive a 50-cent credit per canned or non-perishable food toward your library fines. This year, Phoenix Public Libraries have decided to raise the maximum total of fines that can be paid with donated food from $50 to as much as $75! Remember that “Food for Fines” does not apply to lost items or collections.

The program has collected as much as 25,000 pounds of food in past years – so we know you’ve been waiting for this chance to come correct with your favorite librarian! Library branches taking part in the “Food for Fines” program that benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance include:

Burton Barr Main Branch – 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix

Agave – 23550 North 36th Avenue, Phoenix

Cesar Chavez – 3635 West Baseline Road, Laveen

Century – 1750 East Highland Avenue, Phoenix

Cholla – 10050 Metro Parkway East, Phoenix

Desert Sage – 7602 West Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix

Harmon – 1325 South 5th Avenue, Phoenix

Ironwood – 4333 East Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ

Palo Verde – 4402 North 51st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Saguaro – 2808 North 46th Street, Phoenix, AZ

South Mountain – 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Yucca – 5648 North 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

For information on “Food for Fines” or for a listing of the new Phoenix Library operating hours, log on to www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org.

2012 “Food 4 Fines” Food Drive Collects a Record Total of 26,489 Pounds to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like thank Phoenix Public Libraries and everyone who took advantage of the 2012 “Food 4 Fines” grace period – where those with outstanding library fine were able to donate non-perishable food items to feed the hungry to offset or even wipe out fines of up to $50.

Well, the final numbers are in. For 2012, 26,489 pounds of food was collected by 15 branches around the city of Phoenix – the most ever collected in the Food 4 Fines drive in Phoenix. This food comes at a particularly important time, with St. Mary’s supplies down nearly 30 percent over this time last year and with the long, hit summer now just ahead.

Many of these non-perishable food items will go into the approximately 10,000 emergency food boxes St. Mary’s distributes into the community each month. And will school almost out and the school breakfast and lunch programs ending, there will be more of a strain on families in need to keep their children fed this summer.

 Thank you for your generosity, and to the Phoenix Public Libraries for continuing this important and impactful effort. 

Phoenix Public Library ‘Food For Fines’ Program Collects a Record 26,000 Pounds in Donations

St. Mary’s Food Bank would like to thank the Phoenix Public Libraries for an overwhelming 2011 “Food For Fines” food drive to benefit the hungry of Arizona.

Always a popular event with those who have strayed a bit with their library fines or simply wish to help the food bank, this year the 12 public library branches in the Phoenix system combined to collect more than 26,000 pounds of non-perishable food. That’s the most ever collected in the history of this program, which has collected more than 150,000 pounds of food in his history.

To everyone at the Phoenix Public Libraries who took part in this program and took on the task of collecting and storing the food to those who donated, St. Mary’s is very grateful for this significant donation as we head into the difficult summer months. These donations will help fill emergency food boxes and feed the hungry right away.

PAY YOUR LIBRARY FINES WITH FOOD AND HELP ST. MARY’S

National Library Week is April 11th – 17th and the Phoenix Public Libraries is celebrating by helping you get out of debt – at least when it comes to overdue books.

Come into any of the 15 Phoenix Public Library locations from April 12th to April 24th with canned or non-perishable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and the library will wipe out any outstanding fines.

During “Food for Fines,” you’ll receive a 50-cent credit per canned or non-perishable food toward your library fines. A maximum of $50 can be paid with donated food. “Food for Fines” does not apply to lost items or collections.

The program has collected as much as 24,000 pounds in past years – which would provide more than 160,000 meals to the hungry of Arizona. Libraries taking part in the “Food for Fines” program include:
*Burton Barr Main Branch – 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix

*Agave – 23550 North 36th Avenue, Phoenix

*Cesar Chavez – 3635 West Baseline Road, Laveen

*Century – 1750 East Highland Avenue, Phoenix

*Cholla – 10050 Metro Parkway East, Phoenix

*Desert Sage – 7602 West Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix

*Harmon – 1325 South 5th Avenue, Phoenix

*Ironwood – 4333 East Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ

*Ocotillo – 102 West Southern Ave, Phoenix, AZ

*Palo Verde – 4402 North 51st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

*Saguaro – 2808 North 46th Street, Phoenix, AZ

*Yucca – 5648 North 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

For information on “Food For Fines” or for a listing of the new Phoenix Library operating hours that take effect on April 5. 2010, log on to a www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org.