Posted Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The Morris County Library is conducting a “Food for Fines” program to help stock the shelves of the Interfaith Food Pantry and to clear any fines off library patrons’ library cards.

Lynne Olver, library director, said a single non-perishable food item brought to the library at 30 East Hanover Ave., in Whippany during regular library hours between Oct. 15 and 29 will void up to $5 in fines, as long as the library materials are not damaged or lost.

Among the items most needed are stage 1 fruit and stage 3 cereal baby food; breakfast items such as oatmeal, cereal and pancake mix; all types of whole grain, gluten-free pasta; dry milk and shelf-stable Parmalat; hearty low-sodium soups; one and 2-pound bags of brown and white rice; 1-pound boxes of macaroni and cheese; canned tuna in oil and water; and natural fruit juices with no sugar added.

The Interfaith Food Pantry is non-denominational, non-profit organization helping eligible Morris County families make ends meet by supplementing their monthly groceries in times of need.

The Morris County Library is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.