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Food for Fines = Brighter Holiday Season
By Janis C. Test
Abilene Public Library patrons made the holidays much happier for scores of local families, donating almost 8 thousand pounds of food to the Food Bank of West Central Texas with their generous participation in our 11th annual Food for Fines drive. Patrons at Abilene Public Library’s locations took part from December first through the thirty first. Abilene Christian University’s Brown Library, Hardin-Simmons University’s Richardson Library and McMurry University’s Jay-Rollins Library also participated. Food for Fines is a classic win-win situation: patrons have one dollar of their late materials fees forgiven for each non-perishable food item they donate and hungry folks in thirteen counties surrounding Abilene are able to receive greatly needed food.According to the Food Bank of West Central Texas, every 10 pounds of food is the equivalent of 7 meals for a hungry man, woman or child in the Big Country. By that standard, this year’s donations provided 5,419 meals for hungry folks. Since 1999 Abilene library patrons have donated almost 30 tons of canned and boxed food to Big Country folks in need.
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