Libraries add spring food-for-fines drive

From a Washoe County news release

tcp9__Food for Fines mar 31_apr 28For four weeks this spring, you can get rid of overdue fines by helping those in need. The library system has added an additional food-for-fines drive to celebrate National Library Week in April and to recognize the fact that food banks are always in need as they feed the hungry in our community. You can bring cans or boxes of food to the library in lieu of fines from March 31 to April 28.

Patrons are asked to bring one non-perishable food item for every overdue book or other item. Food cannot be exchanged for lost or damaged library materials.

Food barrels will be placed at libraries throughout Washoe County, and the food will be delivered to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. (Food taken to Incline Village Library will be donated to Project MANA.) Everyone is welcome to participate in this drive.

These food items are especially needed: Canned meats, fish and peanut butter; macaroni and cheese and pasta meals; powdered milk, baby formula and baby food; complete meals in a can such as stew, chili, ravioli and hearty soups; canned fruits, juice and vegetables; dry cereal, oatmeal, rice and pasta.

The library system has delivered thousands of pounds of food to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Project MANA in past drives.  Last November they collected over 8,000 pounds.  You can help them top that number this spring.

For more information about library hours, services and programs, please visit the library system online at


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