Food for Fines! Pay off library fines with food donations

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Phoenix public libraries are celebrating National Library Week next week by helping you get out of debt - at least when it comes to overdue books.

Come into any of 13 Phoenix Public Library locations from April 11th to April 25th 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 third 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.

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 thousands of pounds of food for Arizona's hungry.

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

Century - 1750 East Highland Avenue, Phoenix

Cesar Chavez - 3635 West Baseline Road, Laveen

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, visit www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org.

About St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance: Now in its 48th year of serving Arizona, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that 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 Fiscal Year 2012-13, the Food Bank distributed 70 million pounds of food to families and individuals and garnered more than 290.000 volunteer service hours. Website: www.FirstFoodBank.org

Phone: 602-242-FOOD.

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