SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Forgot to return a DVD? Kept a book long past its due date? Well, don't worry, it's time to stop avoiding the library and come clean. The Spotswood Public Library is offering patrons the chance to wipe away any accumulating fines this month. The Main Street library is serving up Food for Fines.

During the time between February 16 and February 22, residents can pay off their late fees with food. Patrons can donate non-perishable food and household items instead of opening their wallets. For every one item donated, a dollar will be taken off of a person's fines. All collected items will be given to the Alice's Cup Food Pantry on Main Street.

Alice's Cup feeds more than 300 Middlesex County families each month. They are constantly in need of food and household items to keep their shelves stocked.

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The Food for Fines Program can be utilized to pay off up to $10 in accumulated late fees. So pull out those books that have been stashed under the bed or dust off the DVD that is long overdue and wipe the record clean, all while helping feed local families.

Acceptable donations include:

  • Non-perishable foods such as pasta, soup, cereal or tuna fish. Cans and packaged goods that are not expired are preferred over glass containers.
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Napkins