Food for Fines Week

A community food drive allowing Library patrons to reduce fines through donations.
Monday, October 12, 2009

In partnership with Harvesters: The Community Food Network, the Kansas City Public Library offers its annual Food for Fines Week from October 12 through October 18, 2009.

During this period, Library patrons are encouraged to bring undam­aged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any Library location in exchange for a one dollar reduction per item in existing overdue fines. Only overdue fines will be eligible for this reduction in Library account balances.

All food will be donated to Harvesters, Kansas City's only food bank—established in 1979 and currently helping a 13-county ser­vice area that includes assistance for emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children's homes, homes for the mentally disabled, and shelters for battered persons.

Food for Fines Week demonstrates the Library's commitment to community by reaching out and providing service throughout the metropolitan area.

Most-needed items include canned meat, peanut butter, canned fruit, canned vegetables, and boxed meals. Non-nutritional beverages such as soda, as well as any beverages in glass or plastic containers will not be accepted. Dented cans will not be accepted.