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Park City Library helps the hungry with Food for Fines

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The Park City Library is helping the hungry in November.

The Food for Fines program is underway through the month. It is an annual event that allows patrons with overdue fines to donate nonperishable foodstuffs in place of paying the fines. The food is then donated to an organization that fights hunger.

Christine Roh, the circulation and information-technology librarian, said she anticipates collecting more than 100 pounds of food during the program this year. It could be more popular than last year as a result of the library operations returning to the Park City Library and Education Center after a major renovation. The library in 2014 waived $92.70 in overdue fines as part of the program.

For each nonperishable food item donated, the library waives up to $1 in overdue fines. The program cannot be used for fines due for lost or damaged books.

"It’s a great opportunity to help pay down your fines while contributing to the community," Roh said in a prepared statement outlining the program.

People may bring the foodstuffs to the information desk at the library.

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The food collected through the program will be donated to the pantry at the Christian Center of Park City, located at 1283 Deer Valley Drive. Jenny Mauer, the programs and volunteer director of the Christian Center of Park City, said the food pantry needs tuna, hearty soups, corn, green peas and canned fruit. Someone may collect food at the pantry up to twice a month if necessary.

"We rely on donations all through the year, both big and small," Mauer said.

She added that the food collected through the library program is distributed to people in the Park City area. According to the library, Food for Fines brought in 100 pounds of foodstuffs in 2014, up from the 85 pounds collected in the previous year.

Food for Fines ends on Nov. 30. The library has organized the program for at least a decade. Roh said the approximately 10 cans of food had been collected by early in the week.

For more information, contact the library at 615-5600.