food for fines

Photos by Kimberly Farmer (left) and Nico Smit (right) on Unsplash.

Bruce County Public Library is once again running its annual Food for Fines program at all 17 branches.

Until December 12, Bruce County Public Library patrons are able to clear some of their overdue fines and support local food banks. For every non-perishable, unexpired food item donated, $2 will be cleared from their library fines up to a maximum of $10.

Patrons without fines are welcome to donate as well.

"Bruce County Public Library started this successful program in 2015, and it has continued to be one of our most valued programs," read a recent media release. "This year, we hope to surpass our record by clearing $300 in fines and get more items to local food banks," the release continued.

Director Brooke McLean said she feels hopeful about this year's outcome. "COVID-19 continues to affect our communities, and our local food banks are helping more people in need. With the support of our library members, this year's Food for Fines campaign will be our most impactful yet," said McLean.