[Libs-Or] share your experience on food for fines program

Harold A. Hayes hahayes at co.douglas.or.us
Wed Oct 5 15:33:36 PDT 2016

We simplify our program even more. We forgive a dollar per can or box, no weighing. It is only for current overdue fines. We only accept non-perishable food and non-food items. Our local foodbank comes and picks it up. It's a great way to contribute and be a part of the community and does real good for those in need. We have many who have no fines and just donate food. We estimate we lose only a little more than the average for the period we would have otherwise collected in fines.

Harold A. Hayes
Library Director
Douglas County Library System
1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd.
Roseburg, OR 97470
hahayes at co.douglas.or.us

From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Suzy Coleman
Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2016 3:13 PM
To: Kridler, Emma <Emma.Kridler at oregonstate.edu>; libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] share your experience on food for fines program

Hi Emma,
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.


Suzy Coleman
Tualatin Public Library
Access Services Supervisor
18878 SW Martinazzi Ave
Tualatin, OR 97062

503 691-3068

From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Kridler, Emma
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Subject: [Libs-Or] share your experience on food for fines program

Hey all:
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.
Thank you!!

Emma Kridler
Circulation Desk
Valley Library
Oregon State University

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