The Food for Fines initiative is back at Moonee Valley Libraries this Christmas.
Now more than ever vulnerable community members are feeling the effects of the pandemic and are reaching out for support to celebrate the festive season.
The Food for Fines initiative will see library patrons donate non-perishable food items and other necessities at their local library, and in return any overdue fines will be cleared.
The goods will be donated to Helping Hands Mission Inc. which works with agencies across Victoria, including Moonee Valley, to distribute aid to families and individuals who desperately need assistance.
Much needed items include canned food, rice, pasta, noodles, cereals, sauces, spreads, coffee, tea, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, soap, deodorant, toilet paper, nappies, feminine hygiene products, and pet food.
Since the pilot of the Food for Fines program 2018, library patrons have donated over 52 bins of non-perishable items to struggling community members, and Moonee Valley Libraries have wiped a whopping $20,000 worth for fines in return.
Donation collection bins can be found in all five Moonee Valley library branches. The Food for Fines program will run until Sunday 3 January 2020.