Eastham Waives Library Fines for Food Pantry Donations

libraryEASTHAM – The Eastham Public Library is accepting non-perishable foods and non-food items this month to donate to the Love Food Pantry at the Eastham United Methodist Church.

In return, the library will waive any outstanding fines.

The program ends on November 30.

Library Assistant Marianne Sinopoli said they’ve received great feedback on the program. “We’re billing it as ‘Eastham Neighbor Helping Neighbor.’ It’s a time of great thanksgiving, a month of giving thanks and one way for us for us as a community to help others in need,” she said.

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Non-food items are being accepted because people cannot buy personal care items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper and laundry detergent with food stamps, she said.

The library used to run the program in December in past years but the library switched to November last year. That food drive was successful and garnered large cartons full of items donated to the pantry.

They will also be accepting donations at the Eastham Turnip Festival, which will be at Nauset High School November 22.

The Dennis Public Library is also participating in its own “Food for Fines” program this month.