Wakefield Council libraries support local charities this December

27/11/2018, PR8930

Wakefield Council libraries are supporting people in need by becoming collection points for local food banks and charities this December.

The Council’s libraries are supporting the ‘Food for Fines’ initiative, in which customers are able to clear unpaid library fines and return long overdue items by donating non-perishable food items and toiletries to the collection.

Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “This is a fantastic initiative in support of important local charities. Library customers can also donate items to clear any outstanding books and charges from their account, which we hope will also bring more people back into our libraries whilst supporting families in need across the district.”

Food for Fines, is an initiative that will be run in all Wakefield libraries to support local charities and help customers to settle outstanding fees and encourage customers back in to the libraries by removing the barrier of unpaid fines.

There is no limit to the amount in overdue charges residents can pay off with food or toiletry donations. All food items must be non-perishable, e.g. in tins or packets. Tins must be labelled and other foods must have its packaging intact with a use by date of 2019 or later. Food which has passed the use by date cannot be accepted. All food items and toiletries must be unopened.

The initiative is running in all Wakefield Council libraries in the district until Saturday 22 December.

All residents are welcome to make a donation, look out for the box in your local library. Details of all the libraries are available at

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