Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs Monday, November 28 through Saturday, December 31. The program provides library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20 in fines from their account. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to families in need throughout the North County area.
Non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged items such as canned goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter credit up to $1 worth of fines per item. Non-nutritious, perishable, expired, or damaged items cannot be accepted. Customer Services Supervisor Linda Weber, explains, “This event is a wonderful way for library patrons to not only clear some of their fines, but to also give back to their community by helping those in need. Last year we collected more than 50 crates of food weighing an estimated 1,500 pounds. We hope to top that this year.”
Food may only be used to clear fines, and may not be used to clear fees associated with lost or damaged books and materials, or City Attorney fees.
The Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related and welcomes donations from patrons who bring in food just to help those in need. For further information, contact Linda Weber, Customer Services Supervisor, at 760-839-4613. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia St. in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit library.escondido.org.