Food for Fines Reaches Midpoint

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April 16, 2019

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Please Note: The Food for Fines program has ended. All existing late fines (except for lost materials that have not been returned) were removed in January 2021. You will not incur any new fines as of January 1, 2021. All late fines from before January 1, 2021 have been forgiven. For questions regarding any remaining fees, please contact our Account Questions team.

Videos Released in English, Spanish and Chinese to Spread Word About April Amnesty Program

WHAT:  Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is half-way through its Food for Fines program, which removes barriers and invites library users with outstanding fines and fees to make a non-perishable food donation and SCCLD will waive up to $100 from their account. All food items will go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to build up their much-needed food reserves for the 250,000 residents who depend on their services monthly for access to a healthy meal. 

All residents are encouraged to take part in this community support program with or without an outstanding fine or fee. Come in to any one of the eight SCCLD libraries in Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill or Saratoga, and help a neighbor with a food donation. If new to the library, be sure to pick up a free library card and take advantage of the more than 2 million items available to borrow.

To mark this occasion, SCCLD has produced promotional videos in English, Chinese and Spanish to help publicize the program, which ends on April 30.


WHERE:  The SCCLD YouTube page:  
WHY:  One in four residents in Silicon Valley is at risk of hunger, half of those are seniors and children.  In 2018, Santa Clara County residents missed an estimated 83.6 million meals due to food insecurity. Second Harvest has a particular need to collect food during the spring in order to build up their supplies for the summer months, when subsidized school breakfast and lunch programs are not available.

We hope that our community partners will help get the word out about this opportunity.

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About the Santa Clara County Library District

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 2 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, Audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work. In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last eleven years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2018, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.

SCCLD includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2018, SCCLD had nearly 370,000 library account holders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 9.85 million items.

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 Nancy Howe/Diane Roche/Erik Sanjurjo
 Santa Clara County Library District
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