York County Libraries: For month of May, patrons can pay fines with food

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch
Ellie Nowak of York City and her children Rosie, 4 and Anthony, 2, look over the kid's passports during York County Libraries' launch of the "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" early childhood initiative program at Martin Library Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. During the free program,  families use a child's library-issued "passport" from any York County library, to log reading milestones, with those reaching the 1000-book goal invited to a graduation ceremony next August. Bill Kalina photo

If you've accumulated late fees at your library and canned foods at home in your pantry, for a limited time you can trade the food for the fines.

For the month of May, patrons of York County Libraries can reduce their late fees by $1 for every nonperishable food item they donate, and the foods will be distributed to food banks and other organizations across the county.

Any nonperishable foods in cans, boxes, pouches or bags will be accepted. This includes, but is not limited to, soup, rice, beans, peanut butter, canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, etc.) and macaroni and cheese.

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But the libraries will not accept any expired food or dented or rusted cans.

Also, food donations will be not be eligible to serve as credit toward charges for lost items.

Donations can be made during regular operating hours at all 13 of the York County Libraries’ locations and at the Salem Square Library.

Each library location will give its food collection to the food pantry indicated below:

  • Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock: The Well, Glen Rock
  • Collinsville Community Library: Mason-Dixon Community Services, Peach Bottom Township
  • Dillsburg Area Community Library: New Hope Ministries, Dillsburg Center, Dillsburg
  • Dover Area Community Library: New Hope Ministries, Dover Center, Dover Township
  • Glatfelter Memorial Library: Harvest of Hope, West Manchester Township
  • Guthrie Memorial Library: New Hope Ministries, Hanover Center, Hanover
  • Kaltreider-Benfer Library: Red Lion Area Community Services and Emmanuel’s Closet, Dallastown
  • Kreutz Creek Library: Eastern York Food Pantry, Wrightsville
  • Martin Library, Salem Square Library: Catholic Harvest Food Pantry, York City
  • Mason-Dixon Public Library: Southern York County Food Pantry, New Freedom
  • Red Land Community Library: Red Cap Food Ministry, Lewisberry
  • Paul Smith Library of Southern York County: Southern York County Food Pantry, New Freedom
  • Village Library: Christ United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Jacobus

For more information, visit yorklibraries.org.