Thank you St. Johns County!
St. Johns County Library patrons were exceptionally generous this holiday season, donating over 3,000 non-perishable food items for the county’s Health and Human Services Food Pantry. Food for Fines, an annual program in place from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, enables patrons to donate food for families in need to “pay down” their overdue fines.
“It’s a real benefit to the community we serve to have the Food for Fines Program,” said Tracy Dillon, Social Services Manager for St. Johns County. “The food donated by library patrons replenishes our dwindling food supplies and allows us to operate our Food Pantry for nearly the whole year. Donations are even more impactful this year because many families are reaching out to us for the first time due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Health and Human Services provides a wide variety of services for approximately 10,000 clients in St. Johns County throughout the year.
“We’ve seen the Food for Fines Program grow every year since we first implemented it in 2007,” according to Library System Director, Debra Rhodes Gibson. “For each item of food donated, a dollar is taken off fines on their account. It’s even supported by our patrons who don’t have fines. The whole community gets behind it.”
Food for Fines is one of several collaborative programs that the St. Johns County Library System participates in with other County Departments, extending its reach to County residents. Six full service branch libraries throughout the County, two traveling bookmobiles and a beautiful, user-friendly website make using and supporting your library easier than ever. To learn more about the library system, visit www.sjcpls.org.