Food for Fines



How it works:

Donate canned foods to help our neighbors in need and pay off your library fines.*

  • All proceeds benefit the Salvation Army.
  • One can pays off $1 of library fines. 
    (Example, 5 cans = $5 off of your library fines.)
  • Participate: Drop off your cans at any Reading Public Library Circulation Desk. Staff will reduce your library fines at that time. Canned goods must be unopened and unexpired. No glass containers. Not applicable towards lost or damaged fees.
  • Support healthy eating by donating the following most needed items:

    • Low sodium or no salt added
    • Gluten free
    • Low/ No fat & cholesterol
    • Low sugar / carbohydrates
    • Halal / kosher items

  • Pay it Foodward: You can donate even if you don’t have fines. Contact your local branch for details.

*Food For Fines is for adult patrons. Teens and children, please see our Read Down Fines program.