The York County Library system’s Food for Fines program continues through December 7, collecting non perishable food in place of library late fees.
The York County Library system's Food for Fines program continues through December 7, collecting non perishable food in place of library late fees. (Bil Bowden photo)

In the spirit of giving - and forgiving - York County Libraries are holding another "Food for Fines" program.

The program, which kicked off Monday and runs through Dec. 7, allows library patrons to have $1 deducted from their late fees for each non-perishable food item donated.

When the program was held in February, more than $4,500 in fines were waived, according to community relations director Deb Sullivan.

"Our library card holders really embrace this program," Sullivan said. "It's a win-win."

Sullivan said the food items will be distributed to 12 area food banks. The idea came about, she added, because Martin Library had wanted to help collect goods to stock pantries and thought, "Why don't we ask everyone else to help?"

While the original February drive was a week long, this time around the library system wanted to double the donation time, Sullivan said.

Only canned or nonperishable, in date, non-damaged items are accepted. Each library serves as a donation site except for Guthrie, which runs its own annual food drive.

For more information, visit www.yorklibraries.org.

- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com