Food for Fines

Jefferson County Library’s Next Food for Fines Weekend August 30-31


Jefferson County Library’s next “Food for Fines Weekend” will be Friday and Saturday, August 30-31, 2019. Customers with outstanding fines for overdue materials have two days each month when they can have their fines waived by donating canned food items. During 2019 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.

In July the library collected 303 canned food items at its three branch libraries. Since the Food for Fines program began in 2005, JCL patrons have donated 90,296 cans of food to local area food pantries. In 2019 we wanted to increase that total to 90,000. Thanks to our generous JCL patrons, we have reached our goal --- and there’s still five months left in the year! Can we make it to 90,800 by December 31?

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!