November Food Drive/Late Fee Forgiveness Week

Food Drive/Late Fee Forgiveness

Acceptable Donation Items

A popular library initiative on Long Island at this time of year is a food drive to stock local pantries. Sayville Library is partnering with the Greater Sayville Food Pantry to fill their shelves for the busy Thanksgiving season. To obtain food for this cause, a donation of an unexpired non-perishable food will “pay” your library late fees.

The benefits of this program are three-fold: food for the food pantry; outstanding library items returned; patrons who may have stopped visiting the library due to overextended library cards may clear their record.

Bring in:

  • One (1) unexpired nonperishable food to the library for each print item returned.

  • Two (2) foods for each media item returned.

  • Five (5) foods for every $15.00 owed in late fees. The remaining fees will be cleared.

  • The item must have been borrowed in the last three years.

  • Damaged items are not eligible.

  • No limit on the number of items returned.

  • Offer does not apply to lost books or another library’s materials.

  • Returned items must be brought to the Circulation Desk for fees to be forgiven.


  • Parmalat Milk
  • Fruit juice
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Crackers
  • Canned Soups or Stews
  • Cup-a-Soups
  • Pasta
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Tuna Fish
  • Canned Chilli
  • Canned Macaroni
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Corned Beef Hash
  • Canned Beans
  • Hamburger or Tuna Helper
  • Rice
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Raisins
  • Cereal
  • Pancake Mix
  • Syrup

  • Cake Mix/Frosting
  • Brownie Mix
  • Jell-o Pudding
  • Cookies
  • Cooking Oil
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Non Food Items:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Napkins
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Comb
  • Hair Brush
  • Detergent
  • Bleach

The Greater Sayville Food Pantry, Inc. is a Not-for-Profit Program whose mission is to provide food and other services, with respect and dignity to people in need living in the villages of Oakdale, West Sayville, Bohemia, Bayport, Sayville and Blue Point.