Pay off your library fines with a food donation at Portsmouth Public Library

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Portsmouth Public Library is giving people the chance to pay off their library fines with food for a great cause!

The library is joining forces with the Food Pantry at Oasis Social Ministry in their annual Food for Fines Drive from November 14 through December 10.

Library customers are asked to bring undamaged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any Library location. One food item will be used as a $1 credit toward existing overdue fines.

Even if you don’t have any fines, you are still more than welcome to contribute!

All food will be donated to the Oasis Food Pantry, which serves people in need in Portsmouth, Western Chesapeake and Northern Suffolk. The food pantry gives out bags of food to residents in need every 60 days. They also deliver food to nearly 100 home bound senior citizens every month.

For more information on “Food for Fines” or for library hours and locations, please call (757) 393-8501, or visit

There is a high need for peanut butter and canned tuna, but here is the full pantry needs list:

  • Jelly
  • Juice
  • Soup
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Cereal
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned meat (spam, corned beef etc.)
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Spaghetti
  • Pork and beans
  • Cornbread mix
  • Rice
  • Dry beans
  • Dry milk


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