Monday, 27 January 2014

Food for Fines

 The FEED NOVA SCOTIA website tells us that 21,760 Nova Scotians were assisted by food banks during March 2013.  Meal programs and soup kitchens collectively served 154,330 meals and 18,724 snacks during the same month.    

 During the month of February 2014, you can combine a visit to the library with a good deed for the less fortunate who use food banks in your area.    

  The Annapolis Valley Regional Library is once again offering a Food for Fines initiative from February 1-28.  Just give us a non-perishable item for the local food bank and we’ll forgive up to $3.00 in fines.  And the really good news is that there is no limit on the number of fines which can be forgiven!   Do you owe $8.50?  Three food items will take care of that.  Please note that Food For Fines applies to fines only, not other fees like lost books or printing costs. 

 Wondering what types of items food banks especially need?

-canned fruit and veggies
- pasta, including mac & cheese
- canned sandwich meats
- healthy school snacks
- paper products such as paper towels, facial tissues & toilet paper
- baby items such as disposable diapers or formula
(Please check expiry dates on items since we don’t want to pass unsafe goods on to the food bank.) 

So, if you have library fines to pay off, or even if you don’t, stop by the library with a food bank item or two during February.  Through Food for Fines you can help make a difference for hungry families in your area.

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