Loudoun County Public Library customers can erase overdue book fines and help feed the hungry during the third annual Food for Fines food drive.
Between Monday, April 8 and Sunday, April 14, the library will waive one dollar in late fees for each canned or boxed food item donated. The food will be given to Loudoun Hunger Relief for distribution to local residents. Last year, the program resulted in donations of 8,908 pounds of food and the waiver of more than $8,600 in overdue fees.
“The timing of the food drive is intended to highlight summer food insecurity and the need for additional food donations during the summer months,” said Library Director Chang Liu. “After talking with Loudoun Hunger Relief, we learned that demand for food goes up in the summer, yet food donations often go down. So we decided to move up the drive in order to help shore up the supply of high quality, nutritious food for Loudoun residents.”
This time of year, Loudoun Hunger Relief is busy gearing up for summer break, when families with school-age children sometimes need extra support in lieu of school-based meal services. Items most in need include breakfast cereal, canned meats like tuna and chicken, rice, dry beans, canned tomato products and fruit in juice.
Donations will be accepted at all nine library branches during regular hours. Items must be unopened, unexpired and nonperishable. The library cannot accept home-canned goods, soda or food that needs to be kept frozen or refrigerated.
Library patrons who don’t have fines are welcome to donate as well.
Details about the program can be found at library.loudoun.gov/foodforfines.