The Jackson Hinds Library System Announces its Annual “Food for Fines” Program

The Jackson Hinds Library System is sponsoring its 2019 “Food For Fines” program which will run for four weeks, from Friday, October 25th through Friday, November 22nd at all 14 Jackson Hinds Library System branches throughout the City of Jackson and Hinds County.  

 

This program will allow those with fines and fees on their library accounts to bring unexpired canned goods to their local library and have the fines on their accounts reduced or paid for entirely. This does not apply to the $10 fee charged if the account has gone to collections. 

 

For each 14-16 oz can of food brought in when returning an overdue book, $1.00 will be deducted from your fines or fees. Cans of food may be brought in to pay-down fines and fees for books or AV materials already returned, $1.00 per 14-16 oz can of food. 

 

The canned food must be turned in at the circulation desk of any library in the Jackson Hinds Library System in order to be used for fine and fees forgiveness.  Dry items, such as spaghetti, flour, sugar, dried beans, etc. will not be accepted.

  

Patty Furr, Executive Director, said “If your library account is current, you are still welcome to bring in canned food items to your nearest JHLS library during this program. Please hand in your donation at the circulation desk and let the staff know that this is a donation and not an item for the “Food for Fines” program. Your donation is greatly appreciated.” 

 

All canned food will be given to the Mississippi Food Network (MFN), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, doing everything possible to combat hunger and food insecurity in all parts of Mississippi either directly or through gifts to partner agencies.   MFN distributes more than 1.5 million pounds of food and feeds more than 150,000 every month, or a total of 1.8 million people per year.  

 

The Jackson Hinds Library System is pleased to be working with MFN again this year to help raise awareness of the needs of others and increase food donations in the month leading up Thanksgiving.

 

Funding for the Jackson Hinds Library Service is provided by the City of Jackson and the Hinds County Board of Supervisors.

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