The Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Program will begin on Monday, November 19and run through Saturday, December 22. The Library’s reinvigorated program will permit patrons to clear up to $15.00 in fines from their records. Proceeds will benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido. Interfaith distributes the food to needy families throughout the North County area.

Expensive items such as canned hams and powdered infant formula will count for up to $5.00 worth of fines per item. Nonperishable items such as canned vegetables, tuna fish, and dried pasta will count for up to $1.00 worth of fines per item.

Non-nutritious items such as candy and chips; damaged cans/containers; and foods which have passed their expiration date will not be accepted in lieu of fines. Food may only be used to clear fines—not for lost or damaged books or for City Attorney Fees.

Many patrons bring in food just to help those in need and the Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related.

For more information, contact Escondido Public Library at (760) 839-4684 or visit the Library's Web site