A Special Summer Food for Fines

Starting on Monday, May 20 you can give back to your community and pay off your library fees at the same time! We are holding a special summer Food for Fines drive in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. From this Monday until Saturday, June 15, drop off canned goods and non-perishable food items at the library to waive your late fees.

Donations collected during this Food for Fines drive will go directly to Second Harvest’s Summer Food Service Program. The program is intended to gather and distribute food to children and families who are the hardest to reach in our community, the ones that even Second Harvest’s mobile summer routes can’t access. Second Harvest will create boxes out of the donations and distribute them throughout the summer. Acceptable donations include non-perishable items such as canned fruits and vegetables, dry pasta, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, individual snack packs, pudding packs, mac and cheese kits, and juice in plastic bottles. School supplies are also acceptable.

The library will waive $1.00 in library fines for each non-perishable food item you bring in. All donated items must carry their original packaging and labels. We can’t accept glass jars, home-canned food, or baby formula. Bring your donations to the Circulation Desk, where library staff will inspect the items and then apply them to your fees. No fine is too big and all materials are eligible. The only charges that can’t be waived are those incurred for lost or damaged items.

For more details about Food for Fines, contact Gina Thayer-Coleman at 423-434-4465. Learn about other library programs and services by calling 423-434-4450, visiting www.jcpl.org, and following Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram.

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