Got an overdue book or DVD from the Half Moon Bay Library?

There’s a way to take care of that while helping those in need, and not just through returning your book.

Through the month of December, the Half Moon Bay Library is participating in the San Mateo County Library system’s “Food for Fines” program.

Library patrons can bring any amount of nonperishable boxed or canned food to the local library — as well as any of the 11 San Mateo County libraries and the Redwood City Library branches — and library fines or fees will be waived, said Half Moon Bay Library Branch Manager Annie Malley.

Food collected through county libraries will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank, but all food collected in Half Moon Bay will go to Coastside Hope.

“Everything donated here stays in this community,” said Malley.

The collection boxes are to be set up in the library as of this week and will be up through Dec. 29. “There are four barrels waiting for people to fill them,” said Malley jocularly.

The local library has been active in the program for a few years, and for the last two years has collected the most food among all participating county libraries, said Malley.

For information, call the local library at 726-2316.

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