Cape Breton Regional Library

Valentine’s Food for Fines Campaign

Reduce your library fines while helping your community with Cape Breton Regional Library’s Valentine’s Food for Fines campaign. From February 1st to February 15th, the library is accepting donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks. For each acceptable food item, existing library overdue fines will be lowered by $2.00 to a maximum of $20.00 per library card. (Please note: Charges for lost or damaged items cannot be reduced through the food for fines campaign.)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What items are most needed by the food banks?
Canned beans, chickpeas, and lentils
Canned soups
Canned meats and fish
Canned vegetables and fruits
Canned evaporated milk
Boxes of cereal
Pasta sauce
Peanut butter
Boxes of tea bags
Ground coffee

What items are not accepted?
Food past its best before date
Homemade food
Bulk food
Fresh food
Junk food or food with limited nutritional value

Where and when can my items be dropped off?
Items can be dropped off during open hours at all branches of Cape Breton Regional Library from February 1 to February 14, 2019. Items must be given to a library staff member; please do not leave food donations in library book drops.

Where will items be donated?
Donations will be distributed to several local food banks in Cape Breton and Victoria counties, including:
Glace Bay Food Bank
Loaves and Fishes, Sydney
North of Smokey Food Bank Association, Ingonish
North Sydney Community Food Bank
Helping Hands South of Smokey Society, Baddeck
St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, New Waterford
Sydney Mines & Area Food Bank

Can I make a monetary donation to the campaign?
We are unable to accept monetary donations for other organizations as part of the campaign. If you wish to make a monetary donation, we encourage you to donate directly to the food bank of your choice.

Can I make a food donation even if I do not have overdue fines?
Yes! Feel free to make a donation regardless of fees.

Can my donation be used to cover fines I might accrue in the future?
Sorry, your donated items can only be applied to existing fines and cannot be used for future credit.

Can my donations be applied to someone else’s fines?
This is the first time CBRL has held a Food for Fines campaign on a system-wide scale, so in an effort to streamline things, patrons can pay their own fines or those of a family member if the other individual is present. The library held a Pay it Forward campaign a little over a year ago in which patrons could donate funds to help others reduce their fines. Several branches still have funds remaining from that initiative to help those in need, thanks to our very thoughtful and generous library patrons.

If you have additional questions, please contact your local library.