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Food for Fines is back

Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC) is proud to once again partner with Geelong Food Relief Centre to support local people in need through the annual Food for Fines appeal.

From Monday 26 November until Friday 14 December the GRLC will waive library fines in exchange for donations of non-perishable food items. If you have stopped visiting the library due to overdue fines then this a great opportunity for you to return your books and get back to the library. We would love to see you again!

GRLC is part of a worldwide network of libraries which support the Food for Fines concept. The food items donated at library branches will be passed on to the Geelong Food Relief Centre (GFRC) which assists individuals and families in need. The demand for emergency relief continues to grow, and the GFRC anticipates that it will provide Emergency Food Relief to around 37,000 individuals throughout our region during 2018/19. The festive season is a particularly busy time for GFRC. 

Last year, almost two tonnes of food was donated by our library members through the Food for Fines appeal, representing an increase of 80% on 2016 levels. With the support of the local community we look forward to achieving an incredible result again this year.
Please take this opportunity to give generously to help support local people in need.

Library members can make a food donation at any Geelong Regional Library branch during the appeal period. Food products should have an expiration date of May 2019 or later. Fines for damaged or lost items are  not included in this campaign; please speak with our friendly library staff if you have damaged or lost items - they would be happy to assist. 

The GFRC have indicated that there is currently demand for the following items:

  • Tuna
  • Assorted Condiments
  • Cake Mix
  • Pasta/Pasta Sauce
  • Dry Biscuits
  • Noodles
  • Dried Fruit
  • Flour
  • Tea/Coffee
  • UHT Milk
  • Sauces

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