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Library food drive to benefit local charities

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Eligible donors get portion of library fees waived

By The Staff

The Spencer County Public Library is hosting a food drive that is a win-win situation for those who owe late fees and for those who need food during these tough economic times.eeeeThe Food for Fines program is an effort by the library to collect nonperishable food items in exchange for fine amnesty.

Library users from across the county can use this program as a chance to catch up on paying late fees by donating canned goods to the library. The program offers a $1 credit toward any fine for each canned or boxed item brought into the library between Nov. 26 and Jan. 31.eeeeThe food will be distributed for use to various community assistance programs including Dare to Care, the Christmas Food Basket Program and the Spencer County Family Resource Center. Any type of nonperishable food is accepted, which means that a 60-cent canned good could equal a $1 credit toward late fees.

People who don’t have late fees but simply want to help are also encouraged to come and donate canned goods. ee

$1.00 in fines will be waived for each food item donated for up to $20.00 per library card holder.

The following items are preferred: Tuna fish, cereals, soup, canned juice, canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter, crackers, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, dried beans, beef stew, side dishes and canned chili.

The following items will not be accepted: Packages with expired dates, dented cans, rusted cans, damaged items, open packages or homemade food.

For further information, call the library at 502-477-8137.