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Food For Fines

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Have overdue fines or even a lost item kept you away from the library? We want you back and we’re making it especially easy in April! From April 2-30, bring any non-perishable food donation to any of our libraries (or bookmobile) in the Santa Clara County Library District, and we'll waive up to $100 in outstanding fees and fines. That's a win-win for you and our community!

Now is the perfect opportunity to clear your fines* and do a good deed to help others. Santa Clara County Library District and Second Harvest Food Bank have joined forces in April to bring you back to the library and deliver food to those in need. Did you recently locate that item from the library that you thought was lost long ago? We always appreciate when lost items are returned. Bring it in with your food donation and the lost item fee will be waived! Don’t have any fines but want to help? All non-perishable food donations are welcome!

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Where do I bring donations?

Please bring your donation to our staff at the Accounts Desk at any Santa Clara County Library location during normal open hours to have your fines/fees waived.

What can I donate?

Most needed food items:

  • Canned tuna, chicken, or salmon
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Peanut butter
  • Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, salt-free spice blends)
  • Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili)
  • Canned foods with pop-top lids
  • Low-sodium canned vegetables
  • Low-sugar whole grain cereals
  • Canned fruit in its own juice or water
  • Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)

Please avoid items packed in glass. No expired or homemade foods, candy, or sugar-sweetened drinks.
All food donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Did you know:

  • Hunger and malnutrition are pervasive in Silicon Valley.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank feeds approximately 250,000 people per month. Half of those are children and seniors.

Have more questions? See the Food For Fines FAQs.

*Separate donations are required for each account.
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