Tulare County residents who have library fines can get a break on what they owe and help the hungry at the same time.
During the month of November, anyone who brings in non-perishable food items to any branch of the Tulare County Library can have their fines reduced or eliminated. One dollar per food donation will be deducted from existing fines, except for any charges for lost or damaged library items. There is no limit to the amount of fine reduction.
The food will be picked up by Foodlink for Tulare County and used to 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 collaborative program sponsored by the library and Foodlink. It will be held semi-annually in the months of November and April. Library patrons can bring their books and donations November 1-29 to any of the following library branches: Alpaugh, Dinuba, Earlimart, Exeter, Ivanhoe, Orosi, Pixley, Springville, Strathmore, Terra Bella, Three Rivers, Tipton, Visalia and Woodlake. Non-perishable food items will be accepted thankfully from anyone wishing to donate them, whether a fine is due or not.