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Caldwell Library Extends Food for Fines

Need is even greater in community following Hurricane Sandy, library director says.

The Caldwell Public Library is currently participating in Food for Fines. From now until Saturday, Dec. 15, library patrons can erase their outstanding library fines by making a contribution to the local food pantry.

"While we've run this program in the past, we feel it's especially important in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy," Library Director Adele Puccio stated in a release.

The program was originally set to run until Dec. 1 but due to the continued need in the community, the Library has extended Food for Fines until Dec. 15.

For each overdue fine, bring in a non-perishable item and fines will be waived. Please make sure that all items donated are within their use dates. All items collected will be given to the Caldwell Food Pantry.

"The food pantry was running low on supplies before the hurricane, and we are hoping to help them stock their shelves for the holidays," Puccio stated. "Even if you don't have fines, please consider stopping by and making donation."

Among the items most needed by the Caldwell Food Pantry are:

  • individual packets of dry milk
  • shelf-stable, 32-ounce size of Parmalat
  • Ensure
  • baby food
  • canned tuna or chicken
  • breakfast items such as oatmeal and cereal
  • pasta
  • tomato sauce
  • hearty soups
  • bags of rice
  • dry beans and canned beans
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • kid-friendly snacks
  • boxes of macaroni and cheese
  • canned fish, meats and meals
  • canned fruit
  • fruit juice
  • complete meals in a box
  • dog and cat food

The Caldwell Food Pantry is a non-profit organization helping eligible Caldwell area families make ends meet by supplementing their monthly groceries in times of need.

The Caldwell Public Library is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m to 8 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p. m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m to noon on Saturday.

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