Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It’s Food for Fines Time!

February 1 – 28 is a great time at the Library, it's the month our customers can erase their overdue fines and benefit local families in need.

During the month of February, each non-perishable food item donated at one of our Circulation Desks can be used to erase $1 in overdue fines* owed to Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library.  *Please read our small print below!   

All donations will benefit the Zionsville Food Pantry at Zionsville Presbyterian Church, 4775 W. 116th St. 

Launched by the Library in 1997, our Food for Fines event can’t help but make everyone involved smile. The generosity of Zionsville residents is demonstrated each year, and mounds of food are donated for the needy! 

Over 600 families seek assistance from the food pantry annually, and Zionsville residents play a key role in providing some of the thousands of bags of food used to fill that need.  Now is the best time to donate. 

With numerous food drives occurring in the fall and spring, pantry shelves can become bare during February when donations drop off.  Yet, pantry volunteers must plan ahead for the Spring Break holiday when requests for assistance increase from families who normally receive some meals at school. 

Needed items include canned meats, boxed dinner mixes, canned meals, cereal, peanut butter, rice mixes, fruit juices, and baking supplies including oil, flour and sugar. Consideration is also given to families with food allergies, so any items that are gluten free, or do not contain nuts or dairy are also welcome. Click here for a full list of suggested donations. 

All area residents are invited to drop off donations at the Library, erase their overdue fines, and help the numerous families within our community who need assistance feeding their families! 

*Here's our small print: Only overdue fines owed to Hussey-Mayfield Public Library can be erased during this program.  Lost, damaged and collection fees are not eligible.  Fines owed to other Evergreen libraries cannot be paid with food donations. We cannot accept expired food, sample sizes or items in glass containers.  Please check expiration dates before donating any food items. 

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