Capital Area District Library revives program to benefit local food banks
Got an overdue fine at a Capital Area District Library? Donating food can get it waived.
In celebration of National Library Week, the CADL is again offering patrons an opportunity to exchange food for fines.
From April 10 to 16, patrons can donate non-perishable food or personal care products to their local CADL branches and receive a waiver of $1 per item toward their overdue fines, up to $5 per patron.
Food for Fines, a weeklong exchange program, is a collaboration between the Capital Area District Library and local food banks.
“We’re collecting donations at 13 branches and we'll give them to local food banks to help the communities," said Veronica Beecroft, the CADL associate director and the coordinator of the program.
Patrons can bring canned or packaged food to the front desk of any branch during operating hours. Personal care products, such as deodorant, toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, razors, shampoo and conditioner, are needed as well.
Homemade or home-canned goods and opened or damaged packages are not acceptable.
Beecroft said donating food is an easy way to get fines waived, but the program only applies to overdue fines, not to any other kind of charge.
Other restrictions may apply. For details, visit www.cadl.org/food or call your local branch.