TC Library will clear late fines in exchange for food

JACKSON, WY— All April, Teton County Library is offering patrons a chance to give back to the community and get rewarded for it.

The Foods for Fines program will waive overdue library fines in exchange for non-perishable food donations. Bring non-perishable food items like cans, pastas, and unopened jars/preservatives to the front desk and youth desk. Items will then be donated to the Jackson Cupboard. Items brought to the Alta Branch Library will be donated to the Teton Valley Food Pantry.

The program only applies to late fees—you still have to pay for fees associated with lost or damaged library materials, or other fees like the interlibrary loan fee.

The library has partnered with St. John’s Episcopal Church, which hosts the Jackson Cupboard, since 2013 to offer free nutritious food to community members in need and provide snacks to children at the library after school and in the summer.

“We like to offer our amnesty program during the off-season as an appreciative gesture to the community,” said Joe Gagnon, the library’s Interim Adult Services Manager. “It creates a nice circle of locals helping locals.”

Last November’s Food for Fines program yielded 1427 pounds of food for Jackson Cupboard.

For information, contact Joe Gagnon at 307-733-2164 256. You can find Teton County Library online at, call at 307-733-2164 or visit us at 125 Virginian Lane in Jackson. Visit the Alta branch library in Alta, Wyoming, at 50 Alta School Rd.

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