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Swap Food for Fines at Sterling Municipal Library

Post Date:08/01/2017 1:53 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
August 1, 2017

Patti Jett
Public Affairs Coordinator
(281) 420-5802 office
(832) 217-9430 cell
E-mail: patti.jett@baytown.org


Swap Food for Fines at Sterling Municipal Library


With summer coming to an end and school soon to be back in session, students will need plenty of brain energy to do their best. Eating a healthy meal is just one important step towards a successful school day. Sterling Municipal Library is doing its part to ensure local food pantries are well stocked for the beginning of another school year.

Help stock your local food pantries by giving non-perishable food items in return for overdue fines through August 31. Food for Fines is a month-long, innovative project that makes it possible for Baytonians to clear their library fines while helping the community at the same time.

Throughout the month of August, library patrons can resolve overdue fines by donating non-perishable food items. Each donated item can be used to subtract up to $1 in fines for overdue items. These items can only be used toward “paying” overdue fines.  They cannot be used to cover or defray the cost of lost materials or other library fees. Families in need will benefit from items such as cereal, dry beans, canned fruit and vegetables, baby food, soup, chili, pickles, or tuna. Unopened, currently dated items will be accepted.  All food will be given to local food pantries for distribution to those in need.

The Library organized its first Food for Fines month in November of 2005 in partnership with Love Inc. In the past twelve years, thousands of food items have been donated and distributed, benefiting Baytown families.