Summer version of FVRL's Food for Fines

Non-perishables will get bad borrowers back in good books with library

Anyone who is in the bad books of the Terry Fox Library can escape the situation simply by forking over some food.
The Fraser Valley Regional Library, which includes the Terry Fox branch in Port Coquitlam, is introducing a summertime version of its successful Food for Fines campaign which is usually held during the winter months.
But the offer is good only until Sunday (July 29). This week those who owe fines can pay them by bringing in commercially packaged, unexpired, non-perishable food times. Each item equates to $2 in fines or fees, and up to $30 owed can be cleared with the donations.
The collected items will be donated to the local food bank.
“At this time of year many of our community food banks experience empty shelves and are in desperate need of donations,” said Heather Scoular, FVRL’s director of customer experience in a press release. “Last winter’s Food for Fines campaign was our most successful to date, during which our customers generously donated 17,330 food items, and in turn we cleared approximately $34,660 worth of fines.”
The food banks are particularly in need of rice, flour, powdered baby formula, peanut butter, jam, pasta, sauces, canned fruit and vegetables, canned and dry soups, canned fish and meat, and cereal. For more information, visit

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