Pay library fines with food until Jan. 17

Fraser Valley Regional Library runs second annual Food for Fines campaign

Pay library fines with food until Jan. 17

Lower your library fines and help feed those in need during Fraser Valley Regional Library’s (FVRL) second annual Food for Fines campaign.

From now until Jan. 17, library users can “pay” their fines by bringing 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 waived during the campaign. All items collected will be donated to the local food bank.

“One of FVRL’s strategic priorities is to continually build meaningful partnership with various local community agencies,” says Heather Scoular, FVRL’s director of customer experience.

“This particular collaboration is a great way to reduce barriers for our customers by helping them reduce or eliminate their overdue fines/fees, and provide much-needed donations to our local food banks. Last year we collected thousands of items, and in turn we waived approximately $21,000 worth of fines.”

Local pantries are especially in need of: pasta and pasta sauce; canned meats/fruits/vegetables; cold cereals; baby food; peanut butter and jam; rice, flour, sugar, oats; protein drinks; and soups and stews.

For more information, visit fvrl.ca or the nearest FVRL location.