Library Partners with Harvesters for Food for Fines Program

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Courtney Lewis
Library Partners with Harvesters for Food for Fines Program

Kansas City, MO - The Kansas City Public Library invites patrons to get rid of their fines by helping fight hunger. The Library is teaming up with Harvesters: The Community Food Network for the annual Food for Fines program October 20 – 29, 2017.

During this time, library patrons are encouraged to bring undamaged and unexpired non-perishable food items to any library branch. Each single food item will be applied as a $1 credit toward existing overdue fines.

“This is a great opportunity to support one of the most impactful organizations in our community while clearing up some fines along the way,” said Joel Jones, Deputy Director of Library Services. “We are proud to partner with Harvesters.”

Last year the Library forgave $7,039 during Food for Fines, and collected enough food to provide 6,627 meals for families across the greater Kansas City community. 

The Food for Fines program is only applicable for overdue fines. It does not include lost item fines. The Library does not accept perishable food nor glass containers. Patrons are also able to donate even if they don’t have any fines. For a full list of acceptable items go to