Posted Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

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

The program was to have ended Nov. 18, but since the library was closed for more than a week because of Hurricane Sandy, the Food for Fines program will now run until Nov. 30.

Lynne Olver, library director, said in exchange for non-perishable food items brought to the library during regular library hours, 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.