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​Food for Fines returns to Bruce County Public Library

November 25, 2022

The Bruce County Public Library is bringing back the annual Food for Fines program, for its seventh year, at each of the 17 library branches in Bruce County.

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 11, patrons can clear some overdue fines and help support local food banks simultaneously. Every donated non-perishable, unexpired food item will clear $5 from your library fines, an increase from the $2 seen in previous years.

Another significant change to the program is the removal of the $10 maximum clearance seen in previous years. This year has seen an increase in grocery costs, and the Bruce County Library wants to adjust accordingly. Those without fines are welcome to donate as well.

The Bruce County Public Library started this successful program in 2015 and it has continued to be one of its most valued programs. In 2021 the library received more than 180 donations to local food banks while clearing $135 in fines. This year, it hopes to surpass that record, as it has seen an increase in demand on food banks.

Library director Brooke McLean is hopeful that the Food for Fines program will continue to affect the communities it serves positively. “By removing the cap on how much in fines a patron can clear, our main goal is to get more donations to the food banks and help Bruce County residents this holiday season.”

To learn more about how you can participate in Food for Fines, contact your local Library Branch or visit the Bruce County Public Library website.

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