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Food for Fines Program at the Thousand Oaks Library

Post Date:11/04/2019 11:57 AM

CONTACT:                Eamon McSweeney, T. O. Library,; 805.381.7330

                                     Melissa Hurtado, Media Liaison,; 805.449.2117

  Food for Fines Program at the Thousand Oaks Library

The Thousand Oaks Library is pleased to announce the return of Food for Fines. Both Grant. R. Brimhall Library and Newbury Park Library will participate in this program from Saturday, November 30, 2019 through Friday, December 6, 2019.

Library patrons who donate one non-perishable canned food item to the Library will have $1 of their outstanding overdue fines waived. Donations can be made at the Circulation Desks of either the Thousand Oaks Library or Newbury Park Library. Donated items will be counted towards overdue fines only, and are unable to be counted towards lost items, damaged items, billed items, or rental fees. Library patrons who do not have an overdue fine are welcome to donate a canned item if they wish, but should be aware that rain checks cannot be given for future fines.

This is a community food drive in partnership with our local food bank, Manna, to benefit Conejo Valley families this holiday season. Through its work in the community, Manna has found that:

  • About 9% of Ventura County residents live below the poverty line.
  • Over 1,400 people are served by Manna each month.
  • One in every three children lives in poverty.
  • About 65% of Manna’s clients are families with children, ages 0-17 and of that 29% are single parent households.

Suggested donations include:

  • Peanut Butter (in plastic jars)
  • Soups & Stews
  • Red/Kidney Beans
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Tomato Soup
  • Canned Corn
  • Canned Fruit
  • Refried Beans
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Meats


Please note: Items that are packaged in boxes, bags, or in glass jars are unable to be accepted due to transportation constraints.

For the health and safety of Manna’s clients, donors are asked to ensure that their canned items are not damaged, rusty, or expired.

All food donations received will be given to Manna for distribution to Conejo Valley families. For more information, please visit the Library’s website,, or contact the Circulation Department at (805) 449-2660, option 6 during business hours.

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