More than four tons of food is on its way to families in need this holiday season, thanks to the Pioneer Library System's Food for Fines campaign. The program gives readers, who may have had a little trouble getting their library materials checked in on-time, the chance to make at least some of their fines go away with the donation of a non-perishable canned or boxed food items.
The 11 PLS libraries collected a total of approximately 8,200 pounds of food, which comes to more than 4 tons. It will go to food pantries around Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties during the holiday season.
The total marks a large increase over last year when donations topped the three-ton mark. So far around 33 tons of food have been donated since the "Food for Fines" campaign began in 2005.
Organizations that will receive this year's donations are:
Blanchard – Blanchard Lions Club, for their Christmas food baskets
McLoud – First Baptist Church of McLoud
Moore – Brand Senior Center
Newcastle – Veterans Corner
Norman Central, Norman West – Salvation Army of Norman
Purcell – McClain County Christmas Connection
Shawnee – Salvation Army of Shawnee
Southwest Oklahoma City – Moore Public Schools Food Pantry and Moore Food Resource Center
Tecumseh – Highland Church of Christ