Food donations erase fines at Zionsville library


By Kiersten Riedford

The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library is allowing cardholders to erase overdue book fees and help the community at the same time through the Food for Fines program.

From Feb. 1 to 20, the library will erase $1 in fines (up to $20) for every donated food item, household cleaning supply or toiletry. Lost, damage and collection fees will not be reduced by donations.

The donations will be sent to the Zionsville Food Pantry for distribution to those in need. The library will collect unopened, non-perishable items, including canned chicken, boxed dinner mixes, cereal, peanut butter and soups as well as bar soap, bathroom cleaner, paper towels, toothbrushes and more.

“It’s a great program, and we’re proud to offer it again this year,” said library spokeswoman Virginia Hilbert, adding that  the library plans to continue the program each year.

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