Food for Fines in its seventh year at the libraries |

Food for Fines in its seventh year at the libraries

Emily Hisel
Garfield County Public Libraries

The Garfield County Libraries are pleased to bring back Food for Fines this February. This is the seventh year for the program, which has become wildly successful on many levels. First and foremost, Food for Fines is a way to get much-needed food items to the LIFT-UP centers throughout Garfield County. Thanks to you, the libraries have collected more than 18,500 items during the past six years with Food for Fines. And we hope this year will be the most successful yet.

To participate, simply bring in nonperishable food items to any of the six branch libraries. This is the perfect excuse to unclutter your space by getting rid of food items you don't need or won't use before the expiration date. Some suggested foods include canned soups, pasta, pasta sauces, juice, cereal, hearty chili and canned fruit and vegetables. Remember, items past their expiration date will not be accepted. At the end of the month, all of the donated items are given to local LIFT-UP locations, which distribute the food to families in need.

Food for Fines is also a great way to get rid of library fines. For every donated item you will receive a $1 credit on your library card account. The credit can be applied toward existing overdue fines (not lost materials or fees). So if you took a little long to return that bestselling novel, forgot about the audiobook you listened to on your recent trip, or if you had to keep that children's movie an extra day, you can use this opportunity to clear up your account. It helps you, it helps the library, and it helps your neighbors.

Food for Fines will run the entire month of February at all six Garfield County Libraries. So, check your cupboards or head to the grocery store because this program is a great opportunity for you to take care of those pesky fines, while also helping out people in your community.

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