Libraries in Clackamas County collect 12,000 pounds of food, remove over $12,100 in fines


From: Beth Byrne, Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4353

Media and Interested Parties

During National Library Week (April 8 to 14) the Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC) collected more than 12,000 pounds of donations for local food banks during its fourth annual countywide “Food for Fines” drive.

The event raises awareness of the need for food donations countywide. All of the donated food items went to food banks in the communities where they were collected.

Libraries waived $1 in overdue fines for every nonperishable nutritious food item that was donated, which resulted in the removal of more than $12,100 in fines from patron accounts.

“Our food bank was thrilled with the results of this year’s food donations, and we beat our 2017 total by 25 pounds” said Nancy Wittig, Library Circulation Supervisor at the Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “They are always looking for donations of soup and our patrons provided a wealth of it.”

There are 13 public libraries in LINCC located throughout the county. For information about a library near you, visit the LINCC website. Library cards are free for all residents.

For general information about LINCC, members of the media and public may contact Kathryn Kohl, Member Services Librarian at LINCC Library Services (a division of Clackamas County Business and Community Services) at 503-723-4915 or