WENY News - Library gives back to community with "Food for Fines" program

Library gives back to community with "Food for Fines" program

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Southeast Steuben County Library has started their annual "Food for Fines" program.

The program aims at giving back to the community around the holiday season, while giving residents a chance to clear their library fines. 

"For every fine that is accrued by a person at this library, on one of our items, we will take one can of food, one nonperishable food item, in exchange for that fine," said library circulation supervisor, Marcia Stewart.

The food drive starts the week of November 27 and lasts until December 2. 

All the food raised will then be donated to the Corning Food Pantry. 

But the library will be accepting more than nonperishable items. 

"In addition to food, we will also take gentle used children's books for the bright red bookshelves that can be found all over Steuben County," said Stewart. "So that's another way, if you don't have some food items, but you've got some children's books that your children have outgrown, then now is a great time to bring them in."

Library officials say they've been holding this food drive for about ten years, and members of the community love the idea. 

"It's very popular and people like to be able to give to someone else and they also like to get rid of their fines in an easy way, inexpensive way," said Stewart.

So this holiday season the library is looking to combat local hunger, one overdue book at a time.

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