Those with fines at the Del Norte County Library can get them lowered by as much as $5 by bringing in a non-perishable food item starting Friday.

The library, in partnership with Pacific Pantry, is holding its Food for Fines drive through Dec. 30. For each item donated, the library will reduce a patron’s fines by $1, said Library Manager Shane Pipinos-Gausepohl.

But if someone brings in a “most-needed item,” that person will get $5 taken off of their fines, Pipinos-Gausepohl said.

The library’s Food for Fines drive does not apply to items that are lost, he said.

“The reason we are doing this is to help the pantry out with items they really need and to help people get their fines lowered quicker,” Pipinos-Gausepohl said. “We really want to get people back into the library while also helping others in need.”

According to Pipinos-Gausepohl, the items Pacific Pantry is in need of the most include corn, creamed corn, cranberry sauce, cream of mushroom soup, green beans, gravy and apple and pumpkin pie filling.

“There is more stuff they need, but we narrowed it down to the non-perishable items,” he said. “We won’t accept glass items, ramen or frozen foods.”

Although the library has seen a consistent flow of visitors through its doors, Pipinos-Gausepohl said they would always like to see more.

“If the barrier for someone is that they owe a lot of money, we have to ask how do we eliminate the barrier so that they feel like they can come back,” he said. “I think the community should really keep an eye out for what we do next. We have some really exciting things that we will be announcing in the near future.”

The Del Norte County Library is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 190 Price Mall in Crescent City. For more information, visit www.delnortecountylibrary.org.

Pacific Pantry is a choice food pantry operated by the Community Food Council at the Family Resource Center of the Redwoods, 494 Pacific Ave., Crescent City. Its hours are 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pacpantry.

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