Donate Food, Waive Your Fines

Food for Fines

As fall settles in, so begins another season of friends, family, and feasts! Out shopping for food? Consider donating to the Library’s Food for Fines program, November 4–18. Each item donated forgives $1.00 of your late fines, and helps feed others.

Non-perishable donations will be accepted at both the Main Library and Ellettsville Branch. Simply bring your donations to any customer assistance desk at Ellettsville, or any second-floor customer assistance desk at the Main Library and request that your fines be waived. Please note that this program applies to late fines, but not to replacement fees or collection agency fees. Additionally, opened, expired, and homemade items cannot be accepted.

Donations go to Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of hunger in south-central Indiana. It provides over three million pounds of food annually to over 100 other nonprofits serving people with low incomes and personal challenges, children, and seniors. HHFB member agencies serve an estimated 7,500 people each week and 25,800 individuals annually.

No fines? No problem! Your donation is still welcome––just drop it off at a customer assistance desk!

Most Desired Items

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Proteins (Tuna, Beans, Meat)
  • Canned Veggies
  • Canned Fruits and Fruit Cups
  • Canned Soups and Chili
  • Spaghetti Sauce, Ravioli, Canned Tomato Products
  • Cereal and Oatmeal
  • Coffee
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Pre-Prepared Boxed Meals (i.e. Hamburger Helper)
  • Rice and Rice Mixes
  • Dry Noodles
  • Canned Dry Nuts
  • Muffin Mix
  • Toilet Paper
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Tampons and Pads