JCLC Food For Fines Campaign Begins September 1


The Jefferson County Library Cooperative (JCLC) is doing its Food for Fines campaign during the month of September. 

This annual initiative allows the 40 libraries in the county, including Birmingham Public Library locations, to allow patrons with late fees the opportunity to donate food to help those in need and see up to $10 of their library fines waived. 

 At each of the 40 libraries across the county, cardholders can donate non-perishable food items, each item taking a dollar off of how much is owed. Getting the most donations has actually become a competition between the libraries. 

How does it work? 

 $1.00 in fines will be waived for each food item donated in September for up to $10.00 per library card holder. 

 When and where can donations be made?

 Donations will be accepted at all Jefferson County public libraries circulation desks during September.

What food items can be donated?

• Baby food 
• Cereals 
• Soup 
• Canned juice 
• Canned fruit 
• Canned vegetable
• Peanut butter
 • Crackers  
• Rice or pasta
• Pasta sauce
• Dried beans 
• Side dishes
• Snack foods.

 Items they will not be able to accept include:

• Dented cans
• Rusted cans
• Damaged items 
• Open packages 
• Packages with expired dates

 Eligible items for the annual ‘food for fines’ program must be nonperishable, in date and undamaged. Each library location chooses local food banks or nonprofits as their beneficiaries.
 Donors can reduce their fines up to $10, but donations are always welcomed. This food for fines initiative will run all September long and will be offered at each JCLC location.

For more information, go to the JCLC website or visit any of the 40 libraries in the JCLC, including BPL locations across Birmingham.