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Worcester Public Library to Launch “Food for Fines” Program

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

 

Worcester Public Library to launch "Food for Fines" program

The Worcester Public Library is set to launch its “Food for Fines’ program in support of the Worcester County Food Bank.

“Whether or not you have any overdue books, I hope you’ll join me in helping the Worcester County Food Bank provide for the needy in our community. It’s really up to all of us to help those who don’t have enough to eat,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

The program will kick off on Saturday, December 1 and run throughout the month of December.

Food for Fines

As part of the program, the library will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items. For patrons with overdue library fines, every food item will equal $1 removed from their account.

Collected food will be donated to the Worcester County Food Bank.

“This program is a win-win. Holding a Food for Fines program at the Worcester Public Library allows us to offer those patrons who may have lost access to library services (from excessive overdue fees) an opportunity to regain their privileges by ‘paying’ with food rather than cash. It also helps the community by collecting much-needed food for the Worcester County Food Bank,” said Head Librarian Geoffrey Dickinson.

The Worcester County Food Bank’s list of recommended items includes cereal, rice, beans, soup, stew, chili, dry and canned pasta, macaroni and cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, and peanut butter and jelly.

The library will not be able to accept food items in glass containers, home-canned items, opened foods, or foods past their expiration dates.

 

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