|Food For Fines|
JCL Food for Fines Collects 64,674 Cans of Food Over Ten Years
Jefferson County Library patrons have donated 64,674 canned food items to local food pantries through the library's monthly "Food for Fines" amnesty program since the program began in 2005. In 2014 alone the program brought in just over 7,000 cans of food, said JCL director Pam Klipsch.
"It's a wonderful program that promotes a sense of community and caring for neighbors in need," Klipsch said, "we are looking for ideas to grow the program in 2015." Other libraries in the metro St. Louis area have established similar programs, she added, including the DeSoto Public Library in southern Jefferson County.
The Library will continue to offer the popular "Food for Fines" amnesty on the final Friday of each month during 2015. The first amnesty date for 2015 is Friday, January 30. Customers with outstanding fines for overdue materials may have their fines erased by donating canned food items. During 2015 the library will again 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 canned food items at the library on January 30 and staff will make sure the food gets to local 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 are not eligible for the "Food for Fines" program.
Items that have been borrowed from another library outside the Jefferson County Library district are also not included in the fine amnesty. When a customer asks JCL to borrow an item for him from another library, and then keeps that item out overdue, or damages or loses the item, the library that owns the item charges the fine or fee, and JCL has to collect the money and send it to the owning library. If the customer doesn't pay, JCL has to cover that cost.
The library does not accept home-canned items, cans that are past their expiration date 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: