Unique "Food For Fines" Program In Ventura County Clears Thousands Of Dollars In Library Fines

Apr 15, 2019

A program intended to get people to turn in their overdue library material and pay their fines with food for the hungry is being called a success in Ventura County. The Ventura County Library System did a “Food for Fines” program at its 12 branches. Library officials say they recovered a number of missing items, forgave nearly $4,000 in fines and collected about 3500 pounds of food.

People got a dollar knocked off of their fine for each can of food they brought in with the overdue items.

The food went to FOOD Share, the Ventura County non-profit which helps feed about 75,000 people in need a month.