Libraries accept donations of food to clear fines

Local residents with overdue library fines can eliminate them this month by donating food to those in need.

The Santa Clara County Library District launched its Food for Fines program April 2, and it’s scheduled to run through the month at all seven libraries – including the Los Altos main and Woodland branches and the Bookmobile.

The program offers Santa Clara County residents the opportunity to eliminate outstanding library-related fines and fees by donating any amount of nonperishable food. All of the food collected through Food for Fines will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, which supports more than 250,000 Silicon Valley residents monthly, half of them children and seniors, according to library district officials.

“One in four county residents is at risk for food insecurity, meaning they do not have reliable access to affordable and nutritious food,” said Mike Wasserman, county supervisor and Library Joint Powers Authority Board chairman.

For a list of the most-needed and allowable food donations, visit

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