‘Food for Fines’ Another Success

Food For Fines returned again for 2014 and ran November 24 to December 13. Students were able to lose their library fines by donating non perishable food items.

How Food for Fines worked:

  • Food For FinesEach food item payed off $2 in Library fines, to a maximum of $20.
  • Fines applied to all types of materials were eligible including books, DVDs, videos, and CDs.
  • Food for Fines did not apply to overdue, lost or damaged items.
  • Any OC library user, whether student or community user, could ‘cash-in’ a non-perishable pre-packaged food item.
  • Food items could not be cashed in against future fines.
  • Previously paid fines were not refunded in exchange for food items.


  • Meal in a can (chili, stew, chunky soup)
  • Low fat canned and dry soup
  • Canned legumes (beans, chick peas)
  • Pasta (macaroni, spaghetti, lasagne)
  • Tomato sauce and pasta sauce
  • Rice
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Tuna and other canned meat (e.g. ham)
  • Healthy granola bars
  • Peanut butter
  • Boost/Carnation Breakfast/Ensure
  • Baby food/formula
    ~List provided by Okanagan Valley food banks
    ~Please ensure food has not reached expiration date

Please contact OC Library staff with further inquiries. All food items were donated to local area food banks.

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