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Food for Fines feeds bodies & minds

By Janis C. Test



December once again brings Abilene Public Library’s annual Food for Fines campaign as we celebrate our 12th year of providing food for the body and for the mind. Beginning December 1 and continuing throughout the entire month, all Abilene Public Library locations will forgive $1.00 in fines for each nonperishable food item donated. Food collected will be given to the Food Bank of West Central Texas.{{more}}Bring one can, box, or bag of nonperishable food to the circulation desk of the branch you frequent. Each food item equals $1.00 in overdue charges. To pay a $4.60 fine, for example, donate 5 food items to the library. The libraries can only accept commercially packaged items that are undamaged and that have not exceeded their expiration date. No dented, dinged, or previously opened food items, no government commodity items, and sorry, no home-canned items.Food items will only pay for overdue fines. Charges for lost or damaged books still have to be paid for in good old cash .Since 1999 Abilene library patrons have donated more than 55,000 pounds of canned and boxed food to people in need in our area. Every 10 pounds of food is the equivalent of 7 meals for a hungry man, woman or child in the Big Country. Help put the ho-ho-ho into someone’s holidays this year by giving the gift of food, and clear your library record at the same time!

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