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Food For Fines

  • Want to get rid of your library fines and help the community at the same time?  This holiday season, Vaughan Public Libraries is accepting donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries between Nov. 25 and Dec. 15 in our annual Food for Fines drive.  For each acceptable item existing library fines will be lowered by $1.

    Collected items will be donated to the Vaughan Food Bank, Humanity First Food Bank and the toiletries to the Yellow Brick House.

    Frequently Asked Questions:  

    What Items are most needed by the Food Banks? 

    • Dry and canned lentils and beans
    • Canned soups 
    • Cereal boxes
    • Pasta, Rice
    • Pasta sauce
    • Cooking oil
    • Mayonnaise
    • Tuna, Salmon, Sardines
    • Toiletries: Boxes of Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste

    What Items are not accepted? 

    • Foods passed their “Best Before” dates
    • Bulk Food
    • Fresh Food
    • “Junk” Food
    • Homemade Food
    • Damaged Items

    Where do I bring my items and when? 

    Items can be dropped off to the Service Desk at all Vaughan Public Libraries locations between November 25 - December 15, 2019 

    Where will the items be donated? 

    Humanity First Food Bank. 

    Based in Vaughan, Ontario, Humanity First Canada is an international non-profit volunteer based charitable organization providing relief and assistance to the less fortunate in Canada and across the globe to alleviate poverty and improve their quality of life (www.humanityfirstcanada.ca). In the City of Vaughan, Humanity First serves 450 to 500 families (1500 to 1800 individuals) a month. The food bank is open to the public 6 days a week. In addition to walk in clients, they also deliver food hampers to those who cannot drive or cannot afford their own transportation.  

    Vaughan Food Bank 

    The Vaughan Food Bank has been operating since 1995 and services needy residents of Vaughan as well as various agencies in York Region. It is staffed entirely by volunteers. The Vaughan Food Bank is supported by contributions from various corporations and individuals. There is no monetary support from municipal, provincial or federal governments.  

    Can I make a cash donation? 

    Unfortunately, we are not set up to handle cash donations for other organizations. We encourage you to make a cash donation directly to the Vaughan Food Bank or Humanity First in order to receive a charitable donation receipt. 

    Can I make a donation even if I do not have fines?  

    Yes! We encourage everyone to make a food donation regardless of fees.