On December 3rd the Tulare County Library gave more than 150 boxes of food items to Foodlink for Tulare County. The donations were the results of the month-long November ‘Food for Fines’ program held in all 15 branches of the county library.
Last month, anyone who brought in non-perishable food items to any branch of the Tulare County Library had their fines reduced or eliminated. The library forgave $2405.60 in fines for donors to the program. In addition, many library patrons made donations without having fines on their library accounts.
“Our generous Tulare County residents did not have to contribute to us, " said County Librarian Jeff Scott. "They made this program more than a success.They made it a holiday spirit success.”
The book boxes filled with food were picked up by Foodlink for Tulare County, who will restock the pantries of food banks throughout the county. Items collected from the fifteen branches will be distributed in each branch’s local community and surrounding areas. “Food for Fines’ is a new team effort sponsored by the library and Foodlink. It will be held semi-annually in the months of November and April.