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Missoula's Public Library Food for Fines event waives late fees

People have until Dec. 7 to donate
Posted at 3:49 PM, Dec 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-02 11:45:44-05

MISSOULA — For over ten years, the Missoula Public Library has helped both its patrons and the Missoula Food Bank through a program called “Food for Fines.”

All that the public needs to do is deliver non-perishable food items to the accounts desk during library hours. People have until Saturday the 7th to donate.

The program won’t let people off the hook for lost or damaged fines, but it will waive those pesky late fees.

The deal gets even better as there is no minimum amount of food required to get late fees waived.

“As you are able to give, so if you come in with whatever, if you come in with one can of soup because that’s what you can afford, we will wave all your fines. There’s no minimum amount you need to bring in and you can just do what you can,” said Pam Carlton, Missoula Public Library Youth Services librarian.

Carlton said she’s seen people rack up hundreds of dollars in late fees.

If you don’t want that to be you, bring food items to the library before Saturday.