St. Johns County Public Library system launches ‘Food for Fines’ program


The St. Johns County Public Library system has once again launched its “Food for Fines” program to benefit a local food pantry.

This program allows patrons to lower or eliminate library fines while providing assistance to the Health and Human Services Food Pantry. Running through Dec. 19, the program enables patrons to remove $1 worth of fines for every item of non-perishable food donated.

Overdue fines, charges for damaged items, debt collection fees and inter-library loan fees may be removed through this program. Fees for lost items, printing, faxes, computer guest passes and other similar service fees are not eligible. For a complete list, visit

Due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew, residents and rescued animals need more assistance than usual. Food donations and pet supplies may be dropped off at any St. Johns County Library branch or with a Bookmobile. Last year, St. Johns County residents provided more than 18,000 non-perishable items through the Food for Fines program. All food collected will remain in St. Johns County for the benefit of its residents. For more information, call (904) 827-6925.