Branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Library, including those in Abbotsford, are holding the annual Food for Fines campaign.

Branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Library, including those in Abbotsford, are holding the annual Food for Fines campaign.

Library fines? Just bring food

Bring food items to local branches to reduce fees

Fraser Valley Regional Library’s annual Food for Fines campaign is back.

Patrons can take advantage of this opportunity to reduce their library fines and help feed the community.

From now until Jan. 21, they can “pay” their fines with food.

It’s simple: Bring in commercially packaged, unexpired, non-perishable food items to any FVRL location.

One food item equals $2 in fines/fees, and up to $30 of fines/fees owed per library account can be cleared during the campaign.

All items collected will be donated to the local area food bank.

“FVRL’s top priorities include building meaningful community partnerships and reducing barriers for customers,” said Heather Scoular, director of customer experience.

“Now in its fourth year, the campaign is a great opportunity for customers to reduce or eliminate their fines while supporting their local community food banks in the process. Last year, our customers generously donated 13,375 food items and, in turn, we cleared approximately $27,000 worth of fines.”

Local food banks are especially in need of rice, flour, powdered baby formula, peanut butter and jams, pasta and sauces, canned fruit and vegetables, canned and dry soups, canned fish/meat, and cereal.

For more information, visit fvrl.ca or local libraries.