Libraries in Clackamas County collect 11,500 pounds of food, remove $14,000 in fines

From: Tracy Moreland, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-655-8520

Media and Interested Parties

The Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC) collected more than 11,500 pounds of donations for local food banks during a "Food for Fines" drive held in celebration of National Library Week from April 10 to 16.

Libraries waived $1 in overdue fines for every nonperishable nutritious food item that was donated, which resulted in the removal of more than $14,000 in fines from patron accounts.

All of the donated food items went to food banks in the communities where they were collected.

"Our patrons really look forward to this program since it gives them a unique opportunity to benefit their community in the process of paying their library fines," said Kristi Hayden, Circulation Coordinator for the Gladstone Library. "Plenty of patrons donate more food than needed to eliminate fines because they enjoy the program so much."

This is the second annual countywide drive for the libraries. The libraries held their own Food for Fines events at different times of the year before joining together last year to help better raise awareness of the need for food donations.

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

For general information about LINCC, media may contact LINCC Member Services Librarian Kathryn Kohl at 503-723-4915 or