San Mateo County Library System which includes Woodside Library, has a terrific annual program. If you have an overdue book or DVD from the library, you can clear your fines and help others by donating food to those in need during the San Mateo County Library’s “Food For Fines” program. This year’s program begins on Monday, November 16 and runs through December 31. While the Woodside library is under construction, COWs can use any of San Mateo County Library’s twelve branches.
Due to the success of SMCL’s “Food For Fines” program, Libraries in Burlingame, Daly City, Redwood City, San Mateo, and South San Francisco are also participating. Even if you don’t have any overdue library books you take any amount of nonperishable boxed or canned food to any of the participating libraries. All collected food is donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Each year, Second Harvest Food Bank distributes more than 45.5 million pounds of nutritious food to low-income people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Most recipients are children and seniors. Combined efforts last year with participating libraries resulted in the collection of over 36,000 pounds of food, feeding 1400 families for a week.
With the holidays soon here, this community food drive presents a great opportunity for COWs to give back to the community as well as take advantage of the great collections and programs that our County library system offers even while our own branch is closed.