HOLDEN, Mass. — The Gale Free Library will continue its annual Food For Fines program in January, and residents are invited to bring in non-perishable food for the Wachusett Food Pantry in exchange for having their overdue charges cleared.
To participate, residents should bring non-perishable food directly to the circulation desk at the library and present their library card with the donations. The food donations should approximately equal the fine amount.
Only late charges will be cleared. Missing books and audiovisual materials will need to be returned. Full replacement costs will be due for damaged items.
The donated items will be picked up by Wachusett Food Pantry volunteers.
The food pantry requests non-perishable and unexpired foods. Listed below are several items that are constant necessities:
- Canned protein sources (chicken, baked beans)
- 100% Juice (concentrate preferred)
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Canned soup
- Spaghetti sauce
- Peanut butter
- Cereal and oatmeal
- Mac 'n cheese
To learn more about how to help the Wachusett Food Pantry, visit its website.
The Gale Free Library is at 23 Highland St, Holden. The Food for Fines program will continue for the month of January, and food will be collected in the green shopping cart on the first floor.