Turn your fines into food this festive season

Published: 29 Nov 2016 10:37am

The season of giving is being celebrated by the Wagga Wagga City Library through its ever-popular Food for Fines campaign.

Returning for 2016, Food for Fines is the Library’s way of gifting its members the chance to erase any fines they may have accumulated for overdue library returns throughout the year.  

All members need to do is donate non-perishable food items, and, just like a Christmas miracle, their fines will disappear.

The campaign, now in its 17th year, will help stock up the Salvation Army’s pantry during the busy holiday season.

“Even if you don’t have any library fines, you can still come in and make a donation to this important cause,” Library Manager Claire Campbell said.

“Your contribution will support the Salvation Army’s hard work and ensure everyone in our community can have a merry Christmas.

“Tinned meals, pasta, beans, cereals and recipe bases are really helpful items. Just make sure your donation is non-perishable so it can be distributed when it is needed most.”

The program is also Council’s way of giving back to the community during the festive season by forfeiting the money from overdue fees.

Since 2004, every branch of Riverina Regional Library have also been involved, meaning residents across the region can also donate to this worthwhile cause.

Around the region other various local charities will be the recipients, as nominated by their branch libraries.

The community can make donations to the Food For Fines campaign until close of business on Christmas Eve.

With school holidays around the corner, keep up-to-date with all that’s happening across the Riverina Library network by following the Wagga Wagga City Library or Riverina Regional Library Facebook pages.