Food for Fines Program at Maricopa County Library District ends July 19

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Maricopa County Library District customers who owe library fines can get as much as $50 forgiven July 12-19 through the Library District’s Food for Fines program, according to a press release.

Customers can bring in nonperishable food items to any district library for credit of $2 per item. A maximum of $50 can be waived.

“Food for Fines benefits everybody,”  Steve Chucri, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said in the release. “This is a creative way for library customers to reduce or eliminate fines while helping our community and neighbors,” he said.

Fees associated with lost or damaged items will not be waived.  Only overdue fines and restocking fees are eligible for the program.  Food for Fines has the potential to reduce some of these charges and bring past customers back into libraries who are otherwise excluded because of delinquent accounts.

In keeping with the Maricopa County Reads Summer Reading Program theme — every hero has a story — the Food for Fines program gives customers the ability to become community heroes by providing food to those in need while simultaneously getting their library accounts back in good standing.

Collected food items will be donated to local food banks via the Maricopa County Human Services Department.

Customers can drop off their food items for credit at any Maricopa County Library District library July 12-19.  For a list of libraries and addresses, visit

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