Food for Fines

soup can reading Food for Fines and February 1 through February 28Libraries across Whitman County are proud to announce a new partnership in collecting Food for Fines during the month of February. This year, both Whitman County and Neill Public Libraries will participate in collecting food donations for those in need within each community.

For Whitman County Library, this is the fifteenth year of the popular program with all 14 WCL branches participating. Library users are invited to exchange non-perishable food items for up to $10 in outstanding library fines with all food collected being distributed to that community’s food bank.

Library director Kristie Kirkpatrick and WCL staff are proud to serve Whitman County by clearing library fines and being a drop off locations for local food pantries for the month. Many of the food bank clients receive large heating bills in February and the library’s food drive allows local agencies to put something extra in the grocery boxes at a time when need is great and donations are often down.

Non-perishable food may be donated at WCL branches in Albion, Colfax, Colton, Endicott, Farmington, Garfield, LaCrosse, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia, St. John, Tekoa and Uniontown. Those patrons whose accounts have been sent to collection do not qualify for this waiver.

Neill Public Library is accepting non-perishable food and non-food items for the Pullman Food Bank, Community Action Center, and Alternatives to Violence. Library users may exchange 1 bag of donated items for up to $10 in overdue library fines.

For further details, contact the Colfax library branch, 397-4366 or toll-free at 1-877-733-3375. Contact Neill Public, 509-334-3595, for specifics about their program.


For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.