[Libs-Or] share your experience on food for fines program
SCOLEMAN at ci.tualatin.or.us
Wed Oct 5 15:13:19 PDT 2016
There are many ways to set up this program so it works for you. We weigh the donations and offer $1 for each pound of food with a maximum of $10 per library card. We issue a voucher with the amount ($1 to $10) that is good for one year and can be used on any library card they desire. This encourages folks who may have just paid off all their fines the week before to donate and get the benefit. Or patrons that "never" have fines can give the voucher as a gift to another family member. If you are worried you'll break the budget, you can set a lower limit or offer less per pound.
We have done this for several years and received donations of food in the range of 476 to 658 pounds. Some of that was over the $10 threshold so we've issued vouchers during those years totaling $450 to $553. Remember, not all vouchers are redeemed. Our food drive is every March and lasts for one week.
Tualatin Public Library
Access Services Supervisor
18878 SW Martinazzi Ave
Tualatin, OR 97062
From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Kridler, Emma
Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2016 1:26 PM
To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [Libs-Or] share your experience on food for fines program
The Circulation department in my library (Valley Library, OSU) is considering starting a food for fines (F4F) program. I am wondering if those who have already tried this have any advice? My supervisor is also asking how taking food donations will impact our department dollar-wise. Can you share an approximate dollar amount of fines forgiven during a F4F event, and for comparison to our size and volume, your annual circulation count? Since our department has never tried a program like this before, we have absolutely no data to even speculate on.
Thoughts and advice would be appreciated before next Friday, Oct. 14th.
Oregon State University
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