PLAINFIELD, NJ — Do you owe money for overdue books, videos or other items you checked out of the Plainfield Public Library?  You can reduce or wipe out that debt, and give back to those in need all at the same time.  The annual Food for Fines program is going on now, and will run through the end of December.

Every canned or boxed non-perishable, new food item equals one dollar off of your fines, and all food items will be donated to Star Fish Plainfield, a local non-profit food pantry.  Canned meat or fish, powdered milk, infant formula, canned soups, stews, vegetables and fruits, peanut butter, and boxed pasta and rice are especially needed.

The same reduction in fines pertains to non-perishable pet items, including food, litter and treats.  Items will be given to the non-profit Plainfield Area Humane Society, whose mission is to find safe and loving homes for every homeless pet. 

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Non-fine related donations are also appreciated.

A maximum of twenty items per cardholder is allowed, and the offer is not applicable for lost books or collection fees.

The Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue.  For more information, call 908-757-1111, ext.111, email, or visit

The Food for Fines program is sponsored by the Union County Public Libraries. is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news.

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