The City and Coastal Bend Food Bank Kick Off Unique Fundraiser

Pay off Your Library Fines with Canned Goods

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The City’s Public Libraries teams up with the Coastal Bend Food Bank for their annual “Food for Fines” canned goods food drive from September 1 through September 30. The food drive is in honor of Library Card Sign Up Month and National Hunger Action Month.

Non-perishable canned goods, packaged food, and even pet food can be donated to City libraries to clear overdue library fines. Each donated item is worth $1 in outstanding library fees. Only commercially packaged canned goods or packaged food with clear labels will be accepted. Glass containers, open packages, repackaged or expired food items will not be accepted. No fines? Donations are welcomed and appreciated.

“As a strong advocate of both public libraries and the Coastal Bend Food Bank (CBFB), I am thrilled for this partnership between the City and CBFB to raise resources for the food bank and increase participation in our library system,” Mayor Paulette Guajardo said.

All six of the City’s public libraries will participate in this unique effort to help the food insecure living in our community.

  • La Retama Central Library

           805 Comanche Street, 78401

           Monday, 2:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
           Tuesday to Wednesday,10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
           Thursday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
           Saturday, 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
           Closed Sunday

  • Janet F. Harte Public Library

           2629 Waldron Road, 78418

           Monday to Friday,10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
           Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
           Closed Sunday

  • Ben F. McDonald Public Library

           4044 Greenwood Drive, 78416

           Monday to Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
           Thursday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
           Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
           Closed Sunday

  • Anita & W.T. Neyland Public Library

           1230 Carmel Pkwy, 78411

           Monday to Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
           Wednesday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
           Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
           Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
           Closed Sunday

  • Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Public Library

           5930 Brockhampton Street, 78414

           Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
           Saturday, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
           Closed Sunday

  • Owen R. Hopkins Public Library

           3202 McKinzie Road, 78410

           Monday to Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
           Thursday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
           Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
           Closed Sunday

For more information, media representatives can contact Public Information Officer Gabriela Morrow at 826-3583 or email at

Food for Fines 8-23-21