Westborough Library Plans Drive To Benefit Food Pantry

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The Westborough Public Library's "Can Your Fines" drive to benefit the Westborough Food Pantry begins Feb. 1. Photo Credit: MissNichols.Edublogs.org

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — During the month of February, you can avoid fines for overdue library books by donating to the Westborough Food Pantry.  

For the second year, the Westborough Public Library is offering amnesty for fines after the donation of nonperishable food items, grocery gift cards or cash to benefit the Food Pantry as part of its "Can Your Fines" drive.

Last year's drive collected 1,278 pounds of food, and the library has set its sights on a ton for the 2013 campaign, according to a news release.

"Anyone without late fees who would like to donate nonperishable food items, grocery gift cards, or cash is welcome to donate as well," said the release. 

Items needed by the food pantry include meals in a can (beef stew, corned beef hash, chili or Manwich), bottled or canned juice, evaporated milk, Jello, cookies, crackers, cake or brownie mixes, and bread or muffin mixes. The pantry also accepts non-food items like paper towels, toilet tissue, deodorant, shampoo and shaving needs, said the release. 

A full list of needed items can be found on the pantry's website.

Donated items must be unopened, non-perishable and within expiration dates. Only "fines" will be forgiven. Bills for damaged property or lost items will not be forgiven, the release said. 

The drive's progress can be tracked by going to the Westborough Public Library's website

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