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Since 2005, the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library has collected non-perishable food items for the less fortunate in the Evansville community during the holiday season. What started as an outreach to help the survivors of the November 2005 tornado turned into a fine forgiveness program over the years. That is, for each non-perishable food item brought in, a patron would have $1 in fines waived off of their record. The donation bins were always overflowing for the duration of the program due to the incentive that the program provided. However, EVPL went fines-free on September 1 of this year. That is, fines no longer accrue on late items, and this is definitely a good thing for library patrons. Even so, without an incentive to donate and the prospect of no items coming in, area food pantries expressed concern that a major supply of their overall year-end donations would be cut off.

When we heard from patrons and staff alike that they still wanted to donate to help out their Evansville neighbors, we decided to transform Food for Fines into Food for Friends. This December 1-21, drop off non-perishable items at any of EVPL’s eight locations. Donations always welcome include protein based items, side items, canned and dried fruit, cereals and noodles. The items collected will be distributed to those in need through the Emergency Food Pantry Consortium.

Suggested Food Items

  • Tuna
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Canned and dried fruit (ex: applesauce and raisins)
  • Cereals and Oatmeal
  • Noodles

Help spread some holiday cheer throughout our community by donating to Food for Friends at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library this December!

Helen Azarian

Give her a crossword puzzle to work, and Helen is one happy camper. She also enjoys making recipes healthier, developing her green thumb, and tracking her daily steps on walks with her husband.