Pay library fines with donation to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Got fines? The folks in the Phoenix Public Library System have come up with a creative way for you to pay your library fines and help others at the same time.

From April 13 through April 27, nicknamed the "Food for Fines" grace period, you can pay off your Phoenix Public Library fines with a donation to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.

Come into any of the 15 Phoenix Public Library locations with canned food or other non-perishable food items, and the library will wipe out any outstanding fines.

During "Food for Fines," you'll receive a 50 cent credit per food item 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! But "Food for Fines" does not apply to lost items or collections.

Last year, the program collected more than 32,000 pounds of food for Arizona's hungry.

Library branches taking part in the "Food for Fines" program are:
*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 information on "Food for Fines" or for a listing of the new Phoenix Library operating hours, visit www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org.

Now in its 46th year of serving Arizona, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to 300 partner agencies at 400 locations that serve the hungry.  Serving two-thirds of our 15 counties, the organization is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, and is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need.

In the fiscal year 2011 to 2012, the Food Bank distributed 63.7 million pounds of food to families and individuals and garnered more than 370,000 volunteer service hours. For more information you can visit the food bank's website or call 602-242-FOOD.