To celebrate National Library Week, the Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St., will accept non-perishable foods in place of fines from Saturday, April 12, through Sunday, April 20.

With the Food for Fines promotion, which benefits the Oregon Food Bank, the library hopes to break last year’s record where it collected more than two tons of food.

According to the United States Census Bureau’s American Fact Finder, 13 percent of all people in Beaverton are living below the poverty level. For the third year in a row, the Oregon Food Bank’s statewide network of regional food banks distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes in Oregon, with more than 30 percent of those going to children.

“This is a great opportunity for people to lower their fines while giving back to the community,” said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. “It was great to see the overwhelming support from our community at last year’s event, and I hope for even more involvement this year. I also encourage residents to drop off food even if they don’t have late fees or other charges.”

Patrons should bring food items to the main library or the Murray Scholls Branch Library, 11200 S.W. Murray Scholls Place. Each food item is worth $2, and a patron can receive up to $20 in fine forgiveness.

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