Wakefield Council libraries support local charities this December
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.
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
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 www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries