Food for Fines

Jefferson County Library’s Next Food for Fines Weekend

March 27-28-29

The next Jefferson County Library “Food for Fines Weekend” will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28-29, 2020. Customers with outstanding fines for overdue materials now have three days each month when they can have their fines waived by donating canned food items. During 2020 the library will forgive up to one dollar in fines for each can of food donated. If you don’t have library fines you can still drop off donations at the library on Food for Fines Weekends. All donated food goes to local food pantries serving Jefferson County families and seniors.

In February the library collected 396 canned food items at its three branch libraries. Since the Food for Fines program began in 2005, JCL patrons have donated 93,758 cans of food to local area food pantries.

2020 marks the fifteenth anniversary of our Food for Fines campaign. Our goal is to raise our total to at least 95,000 this year. All the food we collect goes to local food pantries that serve Jefferson County. We need just 1,242 more cans of food to meet that goal!

There is no limit on the number or amount of fines that can be cleared, but bills for lost or damaged materials, and fines or bills for items that have been borrowed from other libraries through Jefferson County Library, are not eligible for the “Food for Fines” program.

The library does not accept home-canned items, cans that are past their expiration dates or are dented or damaged, or cans with bar codes that have been lined or scratched through.

For more information contact your local branch of the Jefferson County Library!

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