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Food for Fines

Food for Fines 2018
November 1 - December 21

Clear overdue fines and help others by donating non-perishable food items. Charges for billed/damaged items, replacement fees, collection fees, and miscellaneous fees are not eligible for this program. All food collected will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.


  • Food must be in store-sealed cans, boxes, or plastic containers
  • No glass containers, perishable food, or opened containers
  • Food cannot be expired
  • Good for library fines only (not valid for lost or damaged items)

​​Valid Only for Fines on Materials from Participating Libraries

  • Burlingame Public Library
  • Cañada College
  • College of San Mateo
  • Daly City Public Library
  • Redwood City Public Library
  • San Bruno
  • San Mateo County Libraries
  • San Mateo Public Library
  • Skyline College
  • South San Francisco Library

Most-Needed Foods

  • Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
  • Tuna and canned meat
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned foods with pop-top lids
  • Low-sugar cereals
  • 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes
  • Canned fruit packed in juice
  • Canned vegetables (low salt)

Kid-Friendly Most-Needed Foods

  • Pop-top tuna
  • 100% fruit rolls
  • Raisins
  • Graham crackers
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Fruit cups
  • Pretzels
  • Granola bars (without peanuts)