Whitman county libraries collect 'Food for Fines' during February

PULLMAN, WA - Whitman county libraries are giving people the opportunity to get rid of their late fees while donating to charity at the same time.

For the month of February, the Whitman County Library District and Pullman's Neill Public Library will waive ten-dollars worth of overdue fines if you bring in a bag full of non-perishable food. This "Food for Fines" program will benefit local food banks, as well as the Community Action Center and Alternatives to Violence on The Palouse.

"There's a real need, and it's local," said Neill Public Library Director Joanna Bailey. "And so we are joining Whitman County Library District to offer our community some help. And we're encouraging people to donate."

Neill Public Library will also accept some non-food items like soap, paper products and diapers. However Whitman County libraries are only accepting food.

The Food for Fines program runs in February because this time of year, higher heating bills are making it even harder for families to put food on the table.