Posted Monday, October 7th, 2013

The Morris County Library will be 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 Oct. 21 and Nov. 9, 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; condensed milk; shelf-stable, 32-ounce size of Parmalat; Ensure; baby food – stage 1 and stage 3 fruits and vegetables; breakfast items such as oatmeal and cereal; all types of whole grain pasta; tomato sauce; hearty and regular low-sodium soups; dry and canned red, black, pinto and white beans; pork and beans; peanut butter; 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; diapers and baby wipes.

Patrons are asked to check the dates on the food items they are bringing, because only non-perishable food items that have not expired will be accepted.

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.

Please contact the Morris County Library at 973-285-6930 for more information about “Food for Fines.”

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.