CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4330

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines program once again proved to be a win-win for those involved. This popular program provided Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account through food donations. The collection drive ran from November 28 through December 31, 2016, and the Library accumulated 79 crates of food weighing 2,370 pounds. This is an increase of more than 870 pounds over the 2015 program. Proceeds from the drive were donated to Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributed the food to families in need throughout the North County area (

Escondido Public Library’s Customer Services Supervisor Linda Weber remarked, “The outpouring of generosity from our patrons was incredible this year. Many patrons brought in more food than needed to clear their fines. One patron in particular who did not have outstanding fines donated $90 worth of items. She asked Library staff to pay it forward by applying the credits to the accounts of other patrons in need.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information about Food for Fines, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at or 760-839-4330. Information about other events and services can be found at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.