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Food For Fines

Libraries to trade Food for Fines

Food collected will be donated to organizations that serve the hungry

Between January 5 and January 18, 2020, The El Paso Public Library is giving their patrons the opportunity to pay down their fines by donating canned and non-perishable food to the MLK Canned Food Drive. The food collected will be donated to organizations such as the Salvation Army, the Opportunity Center and 8 other organizations that serve the hungry.

Those that have outstanding library fines can simply bring their canned food donations to any of EPPL’s 12 branch libraries or the Bookmobile and ask that their fines be paid down. EPPL will reduce library fines $1 for every can of food donated provided that their library books and materials have been returned in good condition. The food collected will then be sorted and distributed to organizations that serve the hungry in honor of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. who was a lifelong supporter of human rights.

The El Paso Public Library is encouraging their customers to donate canned goods to benefit people in El Paso that don’t have enough to eat. It is estimated that 1 in 3 children in El Paso struggle with hunger every day. Hunger makes it more difficult for kids to stay engaged and focused on activities important to their development such as studying. The food collected as part of the Food for Fines program, as well as that collected through the MLK Canned Food Drive, will be used to replenish depleted pantries of organizations that serve the less fortunate. For more information call 212-3201 or visit