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Post Date:11/20/2018 1:19 PM

The Chula Vista Public Library will launch its annual campaign to eliminate overdue fines while helping those in need during the holiday season. “Food for Fines” offers library patrons an opportunity to donate non-perishable food items in return for clearing fines. All donations will benefit South Bay Community Services to help local families in need.

Bring non-perishable food items to any library branch during open hours, from Saturday, December 1, through Monday, December 24, and overdue fines will be waived at the rate of $1 per item. Those who do not owe fines are also encouraged to donate. Food will be accepted at the following branch libraries: Civic Center, 365 F Street, (619) 691-5069; South Chula Vista, 389 Orange Avenue, (619) 585-5755, and Otay Ranch at the Otay Ranch Town Center (Food Pavilion area), 2015 Birch Road, (619) 397-5740.  

Food for Fines works as follows:  Non-perishable items such as canned or boxed foods, and dried pasta will eliminate $1 worth of fines for each item. The library will waive a maximum of $10 in library fines per library card in exchange for donated food. Items may be used to clear fines only; not for lost or damaged books or collection agency fees.

Non-nutritious items such as candy, chips, etc., food in damaged containers, or foods that have passed their expiration dates will not be accepted in lieu of fines.

For more information, visit any of the city’s libraries or online at:

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