Beginning on November 4 and running through November 9, the Holdrege Area Public Library will be running a Food4Fines program. Any patron that brings in a commercially produced can of food will receive one dollar off any fines they may have. All food received will be donated to the Phelps County Food Pantry to help county residents that are in need.
Director Michael Burris said, “We are unable to accept expired items or home canned food, but we hope to be able to raise enough food to substantially help people in our area. With the holidays coming up – and the food-focus that comes with them – it is cruel to ignore those that are in need during this time of celebrations. For those people that are able to have enough and to spare, this is a painless way to clean out their pantries and simultaneously assist their fellow citizens. We’re just trying to encourage a little more giving during a time when it means so much for our neighbors.”
In addition to canned goods, any non-perishable food item may be donated; any non-perishable food will be gratefully accepted by the library staff.