In just one week the Fort’s library raised 587 lbs of food and eliminated over $500 worth of fines.
The Fort Saskatchewan Public Library teamed up with the Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherer’s Society for the first annual Food for Fines initiative.
From Mar.19-25 library card holders could donate non-perishable food items to have a chunk of their late fees waived. The library took off $1 for each item brought in.
“We had patrons clear off their records, a nice little surprise we didn’t expect. We had people that came and didn’t have fines but they wanted to bring in some food items and pay it forward so that the next person who had fines on their account we could waive them,” said library director Michele Fedyk. “That to me was a real surprise and a really nice outcome from this initiative.”
In total, they received 675 food items and cleared $547 worth of fines from library accounts.
“I think everyone felt really good at the end of the week. We did for sure and we hope to repeat this next year,” added Fedyk.
The library has also surpassed 3000 new and renewed library cards as of Wednesday (Mar.28). Their card campaign launched in October.