Filed under: News, Programs | Tags: ACFB, Alameda County Food Bank, donations, fines, Food 4 Fines, Food Drive
Saturday was the first day of Food 4 Fines at the Alameda County Libraries. We started with a bang at Castro Valley Library and filled one barrel completely. Since then we’ve been working on filling another with non-perishible food that’s being redeemed for library fines.
I was out at the membership desk for most of the day, so I had the pleasure of helping many of you with your food and fines. I continue to be amazed at the generosity of our community. I know it will continue long past the December 31st Food 4 Fines deadline.
I know of at least one parent who was using this program as a teaching opportunity for their children. One little boy was pouting as he handed me his cans of food. His mother had him choose some of his favorite foods to donate because he kept some of the library’s favorite books past their due dates. I tried to keep a straight face as I thanked him for making such a hard choice.
Most of the other people I worked with were so excited to be able to help others while cleaning out their cupboards. I appreciated hearing such great feedback. There were others, too, who came in with food AND money. They paid their fines with the money and donated the food. As one person put it “I am lucky enough to be able to do both – so why not?”
So remember: Food 4 Fines continues until December 31, 2011. We can accept any unexpired, non-perishible, factory sealed food during this program. One item is equal to $1 in fines, and we can redeem up to 10 items per library card. Unfortunately, food packaged in glass cannot be accepted.
We are also accepting regular food donations. Just bring them to the membership desk and we’ll put them in the barrel for you!
Thanks again for your generosity so far.
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