Library late fees diminish with Food for Fines
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Food for Fines is designed to help boost food donations while giving library patrons a break on their late fees.
All 12 branches of the Mid-Columbia Libraries are hosting the campaign to bridge the gap between its readers and the community itself.
Davin Diaz, with the Mid-Columbia Libraries, said it is a win-win for everyone.
“Every year we see thousands of pounds donated and thousands of dollars waived because of this program,” said Diaz. “It’s a win for our customers who have fees and at the same time its a win for the families in need.”
He said last year the program brought in 5,000 pounds of nonperishable foods and this year they hope to surpass it. The food donations will go to local food banks.
“If you donate the nonperishable item in Prosser, that food stays to meet the need of the families in Prosser. If it is donated in the Tri-Cities, it will stay in the Tri-Cities.”
Each food item will account for $1 worth of fines. Up to $10 worth of fines will be waived.
The program runs through the entire month of May.
Food For Fines is here! Give back to your community while paying off your overdue fines (just in time to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge).