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Montgomery County Launches Food for Fines Program, Oct. 16 – 30

manna food for slider 450x280Got overdue books? From Oct. 16 – 30, you can pay off your library fines with donated food and help the Manna Food Center at the same time.

The Food for Fines program allows library users the opportunity to earn $1 for each donated food item toward payment of existing library fines. The donations will go to the Manna Food Center, a local non-profit that works to collect and distribute donated foods to those in need in the community.

“Our library customers are always willing to help out. Our Food for Fines program not only gives a break to our customers with fines, but also does a great community service,” said Parker Hamilton, director of the Montgomery County Public Libraries system. “Nutritious foods, with an extended shelf life, such as brown rice, whole-grain pasta, canned vegetables and fruit, and infant formula and baby food can ensure families have enough to eat.”

Food items for donation should be taken to the circulation desk at any one of the 21 branch libraries during business hours, and you don’t have to have an overdue item to donate to this food drive.

For a list of foods that will serve the greatest need, visit the Manna Food Center’s website, here.

Sonya Burke

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


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