Donate food to any St. Johns County library, eliminate overdue fines

The popular Food for Fines program is back.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — Have library fines to pay off? St. Johns County has a proposition for you.

The popular Food for Fines program is back ahead of the holidays. St. Johns County officials say the program is an opportunity for readers to eliminate most library fines that have accrued from hanging onto book rentals a little too long (#guilty).

All you need to do is donate nonperishable, unexpired food to any St. Johns County library through Monday, Dec. 20. For every qualifying food item, $1 will be removed from patrons’ library records. People are encouraged to bring in as many items as needed to reduce overdue fines.

Fees related to damaged or lost items are not included in the Food for Fines program.

Officials say all items collected will be used to stock the St. Johns County Health and Human Services food pantry, providing food for local families in need.

Last year, SJC residents provided more than 3,500 nonperishable items through the Food for Fines program.

Don’t have any fines? That’s OK! The Library welcomes donations made in the spirit of the holiday season. Food donations, including pet food and supplies, may be dropped off at any St. Johns County library branch or bookmobile.

For more information visit www.sjcpls.org.

Samantha Mathers

Samantha Mathers, Action News Jax

Samantha Mathers is a digital reporter and content creator.