Library begins accepting food in lieu of fines

Linfield students are taking their non-perishable food items to Nicholson Library as part of its first Food for Fines program.
Library Evening Supervisor Justyne Triest said the idea for the Food for Fines program came about during a library staff meeting in September.
“We would like to help raise awareness that there’s a lot of homeless people in Yamhill County,” Triest said.
According to a press release from the library, one package of donated food will result in $1 being deducted from an individual’s library fines. Up to $20 of library fines can be removed.
Checks are also accepted in place of canned food.
The press release said collected pet food will be donatedto Homeward Bound Pets.
Triest said that Linfield students and town patrons can participate in the program.
The needed foods include rice, canned meals, dry beans, tuna, pasta, packaged meals, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, canned vegetables, canned fruit, peanut butter, soup and condiments, according to the press release.
“It’s a good time of the year to be generous,” Triest said.
She said that the program will end Dec. 23 and all of the food and checks will be donated to the Yamhill Community Action Partnership on Dec. 24.
“We want the outcome to be an alternative for students to choose if they’d like to give food for people who need it rather than pay a fine to the library. There are a lot of hungry people in Yamhill County,” Library Director Susan Barnes Whyte said in an e-mail.
Senior Ngan Hoang, who works at the library circulation desk, said that some people who have fines as low as 50 cents still donate multiple cans of food.
“If they donate extra, that would be ideal,” Hoang said, referring to people who plan to take part in the program.
For more information about the Food for Fines program, contact Justyne Triest at

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