Overdue fines paid in cans, not coins
Call it synergy.
When two local community service organizations became aware that when things are dangerously slow for one agency, the other is quite busy, they joined forces to help everyone.
“The summer is one of our busiest times,” explained Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn.
Yet, for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean counties, the warmer months are when donations are down, Executive Director Carlos Rodriguez said. “Every summer, food pantries struggle to meet the increased need for food.”
Taking advantage of the expanded library traffic, the two organizations, along with the Ocean County Health Department, launched Food for Fines, which allowed library patrons throughout the system the opportunity to pay their late fees with donations to the food bank rather than cash to the library.
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