Food For Fines Program Returns to Mid-Columbia Libraries to Help Local Food Banks

Each fall, Mid-Columbia Libraries’ popular Food for Fines program allows customers to pay their overdue fines in a way that helps the community.  The program returns on November 1, inviting customers to pay their 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 extends through December 31, to help meet the great demand on local food banks through the holiday season.

 “We are so proud to be able to continue this program in 2013,” 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. 

WHEN & WHERE                

Food for Fines: November 1 – December 31, 2013
Mid-Columbia Libraries’ twelve branches and Bookmobile