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Daly City Public Library Offers Food for Fines Program for Patrons

The Daly City Public Library is participating in the 2015 Food for Fines Program from November 16 through December 31, 2015. Under the program, patrons can "pay-off" accrued fines for overdue library materials with a donation of non-perishable food items.

The Daly City Public Library has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank, San Mateo County Library, Redwood City Public Library, San Mateo Public Library, and South San Francisco Public Library, to offer this simple amnesty program to allow patrons to "pay-off" library fines by donating food to those in need. Patrons can give to the community and get their library record back in good standing at the same time.

Combined efforts last year resulted in a collection of 35,252 pounds of food and 5,475 library accounts cleared. Second Harvest Food Bank estimated that 25 pounds of food will feed one family for a week. These millions of pounds of food are provided free of charge to 326 local nonprofit agencies at more than 700 sites, including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and after-school programs.

All residents are encouraged to donate this season. Monetary donations can be made directly by visiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties at www.shfb.org.