FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Food for Fines” at SD&G County Library
May 20, 2016
“Food for Fines” at the SD&G County Library has returned! This year, Library staff have made the decision to run the program twice; once in May and once in November. This way, patrons, with or without fines, have the option of participating in this program more than once and supporting our local food banks throughout the year. For every non-perishable food item donated, one dollar in overdue fines is waived. The campaign will run from May 21 until May 28, and Library staff will bring the donations to food banks within SDG.
“After talking to some local food bank administrators last November, we learned that food banks can have a tough time meeting the demands during the Spring and Summer months” says Susan Wallwork, Communications & Marketing Librarian. “By offering the program in May, it can help to offset some of the need”. The timing was selected to coincide with the organization Every Plate Full, and their National Food Drive. Every Plate Full works with local food banks to bring awareness to hunger in Canada.
In 2015, over 1,400 items were donated during the Library’s November “Food for Fines” campaign. “Our patrons have been very generous in their support of the “Food for Fines” program” says Ms. Wallwork. “It’s a great opportunity for the Library and the patrons to give back to our communities and we are very appreciative for everyone’s participation.”
If you have outstanding fines on your Library account, or wish to “pay it forward” with a donation for the “Food for Fines” campaign, visit your local SD&G County Library branch. Questions about the program can be directed to Susan Wallwork, Communications & Marketing Librarian, by phone at (613) 936 -8777 ext. 226, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Every Plate Full, please visit their website at http://everyplatefull.ca/.