Reduce library fines by donating food item

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During the month of September, the Santa Clarita Public Library, in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, will be bringing back their Food for Fines program which allows customers to donate one food item to waive up to $20 of overdue library fines or replacement card fees.

All of the donations will be turned over to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, a local non-profit that works to collect and distribute donated foods to those in need in the community.

Each Santa Clarita Public Library branch will have a collection barrel set up near the service desk. Patrons are encouraged to donate as many food and non-food items as they want, however $20 is the maximum fee that will be waived per account.

“We have customers who would like to access our library services but are unable to because of overdue fines. This is a great way to allow them to begin using library resources again while also helping to alleviate hunger in the community,“ said City Librarian Matt Hortt.

The Santa Clarita Public Library asks that customers review the “needed items” list on The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry website (, which lists requested food and non-food items.

For more information about the Food for Fines program, please visit or contact Santa Clarita Public Library Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator, Stacy Schlesinger at (661) 799-6136 or at [email protected].

Source: City of Santa Clarita

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