Food for Fines for the win!

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 6:00 am

During our celebration of National Library Week, we’re collecting food donations for local food banks. This means that you can support our community and reduce your overdue library fines with a donation of food at your local library.


This year is the 6th annual Food for Fines event during National Library Week, April 8–14, 2018. Your donations go to the Second Harvest Food Bank and other regional food banks serving Spokane County.

For every non-perishable food item, $2 will be forgiven from a cardholder’s account, up to a maximum of $20 per library account. Food for Fines are applied to overdue and/or damaged items fees and cannot be applied to lost-item charges or accounts referred to collection.

You don’t need a fine to donate food.

Anyone can bring in a non-perishable food item to help households and children facing food insecurity. Food insecurity occurs when people run out of food, eat less, skip meals, and go hungry, or when they subsist on a nutrient-poor diet because they cannot afford to buy food. This is especially critical for children and directly impacts their ability to stay focused during the school day and succeed academically.

The generosity of our library customers never fails to inspire us. Over the past five years, library staff have welcomed thousands of members who have donated during Food for Fines week. Over the years, we have collected over 19,000 pounds of food and forgiven thousands of dollars in fines.

In many cases, our generous library customers contributed much more food to the collection barrels than what was needed to pay their fines. Some had no overdue fees at all and still contributed food throughout National Library Week. This April watch for the food bins at all District libraries.

It’s a win-win for everyone!

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