People who have racked up library fines can receive forgiveness while helping others in need.

Organized by the Umatilla County Special Library District, area libraries are participating in Food for Fines. Patrons can gather up overdue books or other library materials (CDs, DVDs and magazines) or settle up with their local library to take care of fines by making a non-perishable food donation. Food received during the program, which runs from Feb. 19-28, will be distributed to the nearest food bank.

Each food item donated will forgive $1 in fines, up to $5. Donations will waive library fines only — the program doesn’t include fees for lost or damaged items.

Donated food needs to be in its original packaging. Glass containers, outdated food and opened packages will not be accepted.

This library community food drive presents a great opportunity for residents to give back to the community and learn about the programs and resources libraries have to offer, said Erin McCusker, UCSLD director. Area libraries participating in the program include Hermiston, Echo, Stanfield and Umatilla.

For more information, contact McCusker at 541-276-6449, or stop by your local library.

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