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Tigard Library offers annual 'Food for Fines' program

Tigard Public Library users can take a bite out of their fines next week at the library’s annual "Food for Fines" drive, which runs from Sunday, March 20, to Saturday, March 26.

For each donated non-perishable food item, the library will forgive $1 of fines, up to $10.

The library will donate the food to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Tigard.

Acceptable donations include:

• Canned meats

• Canned and boxed meals

• Peanut butter

• Pasta, rice and cereal

• Canned fruits

• 100 percent fruit juice

• Baby food

The library cannot accept homemade, perishable, open or unlabeled items, rusty cans, or items past their expiration date.

Food for Fines applies only to fines, not other library charges.

Last year, library users donated more than 3,400 pounds of food to the food pantry.