Now you can donate food instead of paying for your fines at the Mission Library.

Now you can donate food instead of paying for your fines at the Mission Library.

Mission Library accepting food for fines

Program runs into January, with proceed going to those in need

Fraser Valley Regional Library’s annual Food for Fines campaign is back.

Take advantage of this opportunity to reduce your library fines and help feed the community.

From now until Jan. 21, you can “pay” your fines with food.

It’s simple: Bring in commercially packaged, unexpired, non-perishable food items to any FVRL location, including the Mission Library, and have your fines reduced.

One food item equals $2 in fines/fees, and up to $30 of fines/fees owed per library account can be cleared during the campaign.

All items collected will be donated to the local area food bank.

“FVRL’s top priorities include building meaningful community partnerships and reducing barriers for customers,” said Heather Scoular, director of customer experience. “Now in its fourth year, the campaign is a great opportunity for customers to reduce or eliminate their fines while supporting their local community food banks in the process. Last year, our customers generously donated 13,375 food items and, in turn, we cleared approximately $27,000 worth of fines.”

Local food banks are especially in need of rice, flour, powdered baby formula, peanut butter and jams, pasta and sauces, canned fruit and vegetables, canned and dry soups, canned fish/meat, and cereal.

For more information, visit fvrl.ca or the Mission Library.