Over 1200 Pounds of Food Collected
The Massanutten Regional Library's "Food for Fines" program collected over 1200 pounds of food during its drive last month.
MRL's Main Branch in Harrisonburg collected 761 pounds of food for Harrisonburg's Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry and Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Village Library sent 74 pounds to the Daily Food Pantry in Broadway. Page Public Library and Shenandoah Community Library sent 112 pounds of canned goods to Page One Food Bank, and North River Library in Bridgewater donated 179 pounds of canned food to the Bridgewater Inter-Church Food Pantry. Elkton Community Library collected 12 pounds of canned food for the Elkton Area United Services. Grottoes Branch Library of MRL sent 75 pounds of canned food to the Erma Food Pantry, a community outreach organization affiliated with Grottoes United Methodist Church.
The library system accepted non-perishable food items in lieu of fines for overdue materials. The program ran at all MRL locations throughout Rockingham and Page Counties and Harrisonburg City.