bcpl food for fines

Hub Staff

The Bruce County Public Library (BCPL) is once again bring Food for Fines to their 17 branches in Bruce County.

For the seventh year, library patrons can clear some of their overdue fines whilst helping to support local food banks.

From November 28 to December 1, every donated non-perishable, unexpired food item will clear $5 from a patron's library fines, an increase from $2 in previous years.

Also changed is the removal of the $10 maximum clearance as seen in previous years.

"This year saw an increase in grocery costs, and BCPL wanted to adjust accordingly," read a November 25 media release. "Those without fines are welcome to donate as well," the release added.

The program began in 2015 and has continued to be one of BCPL's most valued programs. In 2021, the program garnered more than 180 donations to local food banks and cleared $135 in fines. "This year, we hope to surpass that record, as we have seen an increase in demand on food banks," the release said.

Library director, Brooke McLean, said she is hopeful the Food for Fines program will continue to have a positive impact on the communities it serves. "By removing the cap on how much in fines a patron can clear, our main goal is to get more donations to the food banks and help Bruce County residents this holiday season," McLean said.

To learn more about how you can participate in Food for Fines, contact your local BCPL branch or visit