Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Benefits Locals in Need

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines program proved once again to be very successful. This popular program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account.  During the collection drive, which ran from Monday, November 30 through Thursday, December 31, 2015, the Library accumulated 50 crates of food weighing an estimated 1,500 pounds. The Library gladly accepted both fine and non-fine related food donations. Proceeds from the drive were donated to Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which will distribute the food to families in need throughout the North County area.

Interfaith’s Communications Coordinator Lauren Holt commented, “Interfaith Community Services is continually thankful to receive support from a diverse array of community groups in North County, such as the Escondido Public Library. Thanks to the incredible donations resulting from their Food for Fines program, the Escondido Public Library will help feed the nearly 16,000 low-income community members in need that Interfaith serves each year.  With 1 in 4 children in San Diego County at-risk for hunger, along with an estimated 9,000 homeless residents living without permanent shelter, the basic human need for food has never been greater. Interfaith Community Services thanks the Escondido Public Library for their commitment to our local community and hopes to continue our partnership for the benefit of those in need of a hand up.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information about Food for Fines, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at or 760-839-4330. Information about other events and services can be found at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.