Food for Fines is back: Nov. 1 through Dec. 31

Each fall, Mid-Columbia Libraries’ popular Food for Fines program allows customers to pay overdue fines in a way that helps the community.  Beginning November 1, you can pay your fines using non-perishable food items (each food item counts as $1 toward overdue fines, up to $10 per account).  All food is donated to local food banks to help residents in need.  This year’s program has been extended to eight weeks, through December 31, to help meet the great demand on local food banks through the holiday season.

“We are proud to be able to extend this year’s Food for Fines program by two weeks, increasing the benefits we bring to our local food banks,” said Kyle Cox, Executive Director of Mid-Columbia Libraries.  “Food for Fines is a win-win program.  It allows our customers to pay overdue fines while helping local food banks.  All food donations stay in our communities, helping our neighbors in need.  Each year we collect more food than before.  I am amazed at the generosity of everyone who participates in the program.”

Food bank beneficiaries include 2nd Harvest Tri-Cities, Basin City Help Services, Benton City Food Bank, Othello Food Bank, Connell Food Bank, Kahlotus Food Bank, and Jubilee Ministries Prosser Food Bank.  Last fall’s Food for Fines drive garnered over 7,700 pounds of food.  The library also held a special spring-time Food for Fines in April, 2012, when demand on local food banks was particularly high.  The spring food drive brought in over 4,000 pounds of food.

Food for Fines: November 1 – December 31, 2012
At all Mid-Columbia Libraries branches and Bookmobile