Yolo County Library offers two ways to donate this holiday season

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The Yolo County Library is offering residents and library card holders two opportunities to feed and support their communities this holiday season with “Pay it Forward” and “Food for Fines.”

The “Pay It Forward” program allows customers to donate money to help library card holders pay off their overdue fines. Donors will write a message on a star-shaped note that will be posted on a board behind the circulation desk for cardholders to redeem and lower their fines.

The annual “Food for Fines” program allows library card holders to clear $1 in overdue fines for each nonperishable food item donated at the circulation desk of any Yolo County Library location.  The program runs Monday, Nov. 4 through Tuesday, Dec. 31 and there is no limit to the number of donations or reduction in fines cardholders can receive. Everyone is welcome to donate even if they do not have any overdue fines.

In Yolo County, one in five people do not know where their next meal will come from and donations can help feed those in need this winter. Donated items will be given to the Yolo Food Bank. Suggested donations include the following:

  • Canned tuna or meats
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned or dry beans or soup
  • Canned or boxed meals
  • Cereal, rice or pasta
  • Fruit juice or shelf-stable milk
  • Peanut butter

The Yolo Food Bank recommends nutritional options such as 100 percent fruit juices, low-sodium soups and whole grains. They will not accept rusty or unlabeled cans, non-commercial items, alcoholic beverages or mixes, food packaged in glass, or perishable, expired, open, used or homemade items.

“This holiday season, help the Yolo Food Bank fight hunger and food insecurity by donating items at any of our library branches,” said Yolo County Librarian Mark Fink. “By donating to the ‘Food for Fines’ program you will help feed families in need and make a real difference in the lives of those in our community.”  Last year, the Yolo Food Bank received 5,760 pounds of food that were donated by residents and library cardholders in Yolo County through the “Food for Fines” program, a 23 percent increase over the previous year.

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