MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Middletown Main Library is partnering with non-profit organization Project Paul in the fight against hunger by collecting non-perishable food items at the library on October 8, 9, and 10. As an added incentive, the library is offering “amnesty” for overdue fines—for every two donations of food, the library will take $5.00 off a fine, four items $10.00, and so on. Amnesty will be in effect through October 15th and does not apply to lost items.

Project Paul feeds approximately 1,600 people each week in the Bayshore area of Monmouth County, which includes Keansburg, Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Fair Haven, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Keyport, Little Silver, Matawan, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Rumson, Sea Bright, Shrewsbury and Union Beach.

Suggested food items include:

  • Canned meat like Dinty Moore Beef Stew, Swanson Chunk Chicken, Chef Boyardee Meals
  • Proteins like peanut butter, beans or tuna
  • Shelf-stable milk like Parmalat
  • Soups
  • Vegetables
  • Pasta and rice
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Coffee and tea
  • Holiday foods like stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, canned fruit

No Costco-sized portions please.

Middletown Main Library is located at 55 New Monmouth Rd – mtpl.org – 732-671-3700.