Jefferson County Library Accepting Canned Food for Fines
The library will forgive up to one dollar in fines for each donated food item.
Jefferson County Library will continue its popular “Food for Fines” amnesty on the final Friday of each month during 2013. The next amnesty date is Feb. 22.
Customers with outstanding fines for overdue materials may have their fines erased by donating canned food items. During 2013 the library will forgive up to one dollar infines for each can of food donated.
On Jan. 25 the library collected 571 canned food items and waived $512 in overdue fines. During 2012 the library collected a total of 6,827 canned food items and waived $6,362 in overdue fines.
All the food collected is donated to area food pantries. There is no limit on the number or amount of fines that can be cleared, but bills for lost or damaged library items, orfines or bills for items that have been borrowed from other libraries outside Jefferson County, 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: Arnold Branch, 1701 Missouri State Road, Arnold (636-296-2204); Northwest Branch, 5680 State Road PP, High Ridge (636-677-8186); Windsor Branch, 7479 Metropolitan Boulevard, Barnhart (636-461-1914).