The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, including its branch libraries in Fredericktown, Danville, and Gambier, is sponsoring a “Food for Fines” campaign that is running NOW through Saturday, Dec. 4. During this time, library fines may be paid with canned or boxed non-perishable food items equal to the value of the fine. For purposes of this event, one food item will be considered to be equal to one dollar. Also, as always, freewill donations of food or money will be gratefully accepted.
Items that are at or near their expiration dates or in damaged or compromised containers will not be accepted. All collected food and money will be given to the Food For The Hungry drive, and donations from each community will stay in that local community. The Libraries cannot accept food in payment for lost or damaged items. In addition to food items, the library will accept Humane Society approved brands of pet food.
The Food for Fines collection started in 1989! This year marks the 33rd year for this collection!