Donated food items are being accepted at FVRL until Jan. 16 to pay off library fines. (Pixabay)

Food for Fines is on at Fraser Valley Regional Library branches until mid-January

FVRL accepting up to $30 of food items, or $2 per item, to pay off library fines or fees

Time is running out for library users to pay off any outstanding fines with non-perishable food bank donations.

The Fraser Valley Regional Library is holding its Food for Fines campaign until Jan. 15, with all items being collected on behalf of the local food bank.

Each food item takes $2 off any FVRL fines or fees that are owed, up to a maximum of $30 deducted from each library account.

“Food for Fines is a great opportunity for our customers to reduce or eliminate their library fines while supporting their local community food banks during a critical time,” said Heather Scoular, director of customer experience for FVRL.

Food for Fines campaign in 2017 saw library users generously donating 17,330 food items, which cleared approximately $34,660 worth of fines.

Items always in demand at the food bank range from canned soup or canned meat/fish to rice, baby formula, peanut butter, jam, pasta, and pasta sauces. Participants in Food for Fines are asked to ensure their food donations are non-perishable, commercially packaged and not expired.

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