Wells Branch Community Library

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Food for Fines

'Tis the season to help the hungry.

Did you know that 1 in 6 people in Central Texas struggle with food insecurity? For Central Texas children, the rate is 1 in 4. With the rising costs of living in Central Texas, many of our neighbors are faced with the tough choice of paying housing, transportation, or healthcare bills or buying food.

That's why we're working with the Central Texas Food Bank to collect healthy, non-perishable food items this winter season. Now through December 31, for each eligible food item you bring to the library, we'll reduce your late fees by $1, up to half the amount you owe. Eligible items include:

  • healthy, non-perishable food
  • items with intact, unopened, consumer or commercial packaging
  • items with non-breakable packaging (no glass, please)
  • food within the expiration date on the packaging

Which items are requested the most?

  • peanut butter
  • canned chicken breast or tuna
  • canned low-sodium vegetables
  • canned fruit in its own juice
  • dry pinto beans
  • brown rice
  • non-fat dry milk powder
  • 100% whole grain cereal

Please note: Fines will be reduced for returned, overdue items. Fines will not be reduced for lost or damaged items or items not yet returned. Remaining fees must be paid at the time of donation.