The Santa Clarita Public Library, in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, will bring back their ‘Food for Fines’ program, which allows customers to donate one food item to waive up to $20 of overdue library fines or replacement card fees.
All of the donations will be turned over to the SCV Food Pantry, a local non-profit that works to collect and distribute donated foods to those in need in the community.
Each Santa Clarita Public Library branch will have a collection barrel set up near the service desk. Patrons are encouraged to donate as many food and non-food items as they want, however, $20 is the maximum fee that will be waived per account.
“We have customers who would like to access our library services but are unable to because of overdue fines,” City Librarian Matt Hortt said. “This is a great way to allow them to begin using library resources again while also helping to alleviate hunger in the community,“
The Santa Clarita Public Library asks that customers review the “needed items” list on The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry website (SCVFoodPantry.org), which lists requested food and non-food items.
For more information about the Food for Fines program, please visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com or contact Santa Clarita Public Library Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator, Stacy Schlesinger at 661-799-6136 or at SSchlesinger@santaclaritalibrary.com.