Food for Fines begins

The Bartholomew County Public Library is conducting a Food for Fines campaign Dec. 4 to 17.

During this time, Bartholomew County Public Library users can pay overdue fines by donating non-perishable food items. Donations of non-perishable food items collected in lieu of fines will be given to Love Chapel and the Community Center of Hope Food Pantry.

For every dollar owed in fines, at least one food item must be donated. They cannot be in glass containers, home-canned, expired, rusty, dented or damaged or have bar codes that have been lined or scratched through.

Food for Fines applies to all Bartholomew County Public Library materials including movies and audio books. The program is not available to customers with damaged or lost materials.

Individuals without library fines wishing to donate food items may do so at any library location: 536 Fifth St., Columbus, or 635 Harrison St., Hope.

During the library’s first Food for Fines campaign last summer, 1,176 items were distributed to Love Chapel and the Hope Food Pantry.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.