Library Begins Annual ‘Food For Fines’ Program

Patrons of the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour, Crothersville, and Medora can pay overdue fines by donating non-perishable food items November 16 to December 16. Discovery Bus customers must visit a library building to participate in the program.
Donations of non-perishable food items collected in lieu of fines are given to the Human Services Food Pantry, Provisions Inc, and Anchor House in Seymour, the Crothersville First Baptist Church and FFA/Fire Department and Medora Christian Church. Food items must not be_ expired, rusty, dented or USDA commodities.
For every dollar owed in fines at least one food item must be donated. If a library patron has a $5 fine, at least five food items are needed to erase the fine. A fine of $5.50 would require at least six food items. Food for Fines is not available to customers with lost materials. The materials must be returned undamaged before the overdue fines can be waived. Collection agency accounts may participate if they have paid the $10 collection agency fee and have returned all items.
Customers participating in Food for Fines will receive a computer-generated receipt reflecting fines waived by their food donation. Food for Fines applies to all library materials including movies and audio books and does not apply to fines from other Evergreen Indiana libraries.
Individuals without library fines wishing to donate food items may do so at any library location.
The program is in effect now through December 16. Participants are encouraged to participate before December 9 and after December 11 due to a system-wide computer system upgrade when overdue fines cannot be paid. Anyone with questions concerning Food for Fines may contact the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour at 522-3412, Crothersville at 793-2927 or Medora at 966-2278.