Trade fines for food

Fraser Valley Regional Libraries to forgive fines for food donations

White Rock Library will be offering residents the opportunity to reduce any outstanding fines and a help out those in need with their Food for Fines campaign running until Dec. 10.

Non-perishable food donations can be brought to the library – or any Fraser Valley Regional Library location – to have fines reduced. One food item equals $2 in fines and up to $30 of fines owed per library account can be waived during the campaign.

All items collected will be donated to the local food bank in the library’s community.

“FVRL strives to continually build meaningful partnership with various local community agencies,” FVRL CEO Rob O’Brennan said in a news release. “This particular collaboration is a great way for our customers to reduce or eliminate their overdue fines and provide much-needed donations to our local food bank.”

Only commercially packaged, undamaged and unexpired food items will be accepted. Local pantries are in need of pasta and pasta sauce, canned meats, fruits and vegetables, cold cereal, baby food, peanut butter and jam, rice, flour, sugar and oats (in one-kg bag), Boost and Ensure, soups and stews.

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