Posted Friday, October 26th, 2012

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 in exchange for non-perishable food items brought to the library during regular library hours between Nov. 1 and Nov. 18, fines on overdue library materials will be waived, as long as the library materials are not damaged or lost. Collection agency fees are also excluded from the program.

Among the items most needed by the Interfaith Food Pantry are individual packets of dry milk; shelf-stable, 32-ounce size of Parmalat; Ensure; stage 1 fruit and stage 3 cereal baby food; breakfast items such as oatmeal and cereal; all types of whole grain pasta; tomato sauce; hearty low-sodium soups; one and 2-pound bags of brown and white rice; dry beans and canned beans; boxes of macaroni and cheese; canned fish; canned meats and meals; low sugar or light syrup canned fruit; 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. The library will be closed Nov. 12.