(Seguin) -- That overdue fine at the library might just help keep food on the table for local families. In the spirit of the season, the Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library has announced its Food for Fines Program. Library Director Jacki Gross says this is the second time that the library is allowing citizens to donate non-perishable food items in exchange of paying off any accrued fines.
"Last year, we offered the Food for Fines and we had such an overwhelmingly positive response that we decided to do it again this year. So from now until December 31st, customers can come in and if they bring in one non-perishable item, that will reduce their fines by $2.50. So they can bring in as much as they want to reduce all of their fines. It just doesn't cover any kind of lost books," said Gross.
Gross says there is no maximum in the amount of fines forgiven as long as the member donates enough items to cover the dollar amount.
"The kids really like it and I think it helps the kids to know that there are people in the community that might just need a little help during the holiday season. All have a wonderful pantry full of food and so it's a nice thing to do for other people in the community," said Gross.
The program to benefit The Christian Cupboard, Seguin's food pantry will run through Dec. 31. Donations may be applied to all accounts linked to the person. This includes all members of the household. Donations may be used to forgive only existing fines.