Food for Fines

mcplAre you avoiding the library because of overdue books or fines?

Beginning today thru Oct. 30, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is accepting canned goods and non-perishable food items to pay for library fines.

Each food item brought in will equal one dollar off on library fines. Food items should be dropped off at the library’s circulation desk. All food collected will be donated to the Manna Food Center.

“Food for Fines is a great way for people to clear up their outstanding library fines while helping some of our neediest neighbors,” said MCPL Director Parker Hamilton. “We are very pleased to be partnering with the Manna Food Center in this effort.”

Donations should include only shelf-stable foods, such as canned fruits, vegetables and meats, dried beans, brown rice, quinoa, low sugar cereals, baby food, formula and vegetarian items. Home-canned items, opened foods, or foods past their expiration dates will not be accepted.

Customers must have existing fines or hold fees to participate in the Food for Fines program, but anyone may donate food items at the libraries during the drive. Food for Fines donations cannot be used towards fees for lost or damaged materials, collection agency fees, lost card fees or other charges.

For more information, contact local library branches, or visit

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