Erase overdue library fines with food donations

Cabarrus County Public Library visitors can give back to the community while taking care of overdue fines during the upcoming Food for Fines program.

From November 26 through December 8, library patrons can participate in the annual program by donating canned foods in exchange for a $2-per-item credit toward overdue fines. Last year’s program eliminated about $3,700 in fines.

All items collected during the event are donated to local food banks, including the Cabarrus County Veterans Services food pantry.

The veterans food pantry was “designed to ensure that no veteran is left without some means of food for nourishment,” said Veterans Services Director Tony R. Miller. Throughout the year, the pantry collects canned goods, non-perishable items and local grocery store gift cards for Cabarrus County veterans in need.

During the Food for Fines program, library credits do not apply toward fees for lost or damaged materials. Each donated item is worth up to $2 in waived fines. Donations must be non-alcoholic, non-perishable and non-expired canned or packaged food items.

To participate, visit one of these library locations:

• Concord branch, 27 Union St. N.

• Harrisburg branch, 201 Sims Pkwy.

• Kannapolis branch, 850 Mountain St.

• Mt. Pleasant branch, 8556 Cook St.

For more information, follow the Cabarrus County Public Library System on Facebook (@cabarruscountylibrary) or call 704-920-2050.

The Cabarrus County Veteran Services department and its food pantry are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 363 Church Street N, Suite 180, Concord.

For more information about Cabarrus County Veterans Services Office, click here. To schedule an appointment, call 704-920-2869.

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