The Lake County Library System forgave $1,284 in overdue library fines in exchange for more than 2,300 food items donated to local community food pantries.
During the Food for Fines campaign, held May 16-28 at each of the 15 Lake County Library System libraries, non-perishable food was traded for absolved overdue fines.
South Lake Community Ministries, the Leesburg Food Bank, Lake Cares and Faith Neighborhood Center were among the 14 beneficiaries of the program.
Clearing fines from children’s library cards will allow them to fully participate in the summer reading program, and potentially prevent a seasonal slump in students’ reading habits, according to Lake County Library Services Division Manager Paul Alford.
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