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Cuyahoga County Public Library holding Food4Fines drive during March

Patrons can donate food for reduction in library fines
Posted at 1:03 PM, Feb 26, 2020

PARMA, Ohio — If you have forgotten to turn in any of your borrowed books on time to the library, chances are you have some fines. The Cuyahoga County Public Library (CPPL) wants to reduce your fines while helping fight hunger. For the month of March, patrons can donate food items in exchange for a reduction in library fines.

During the Food4Fines food drive, organized alongside the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Harvest for Hunger campaign, patrons can reduce their library fines up to $4.00 per visit ( $1.00 per food item) when they donated items from the Cleveland Foodbank’s Super Six.

CPPL will only accept donations of these Super Six items:

  • Peanut butter
  • Cereal
  • Canned soup
  • Canned vegetables
  • Beef stew
  • Tuna fish

The library will not accept damaged or expired food items. Food items stored in glass containers also won’t be accepted. Customers can donate cash to Harvest for Hunger. For every $1.00 a customer donates, CPPL will waive $1.00 in fines from their library account.

All donation will be collected in CCPL branches and before they are delivered to the Cleveland Food Bank for distribution.

Map below shows the branches throughout the county.

Last year, the Food4Fines food drive raised more than 19,000 pounds of food donations for Harvest for Hunger.