HENRY COUNTY, GA- January 29, 2018-- The Henry County Public Library System is excited to announce its fourth year of partnership with the Food Pantry of Henry County hosting its Food for Fines Drive, a cooperative venture that benefits the community, the food pantry, and the library system.

Throughout the month of February, all five Henry County libraries will be encouraging visitors to “show the love” to fellow Henry County residents in need. Library patrons who owe overdue fines have the option of donating non-perishable food at the library instead of paying with cash. For every item donated, the library will reduce fines by a dollar. This is a real bargain, since basic food items can be purchased for under a dollar.

The Foods for Fines Drive helps the library by allowing patrons with overdue books and outstanding fines to start over with a clean slate. It also encourages people to return overdue materials so that other people may have access to them, and to correct any past oversights.

The Food Pantry of Henry County distributes food to over 3,100 people every month. They rely on donations, and the first quarter of the year is typically a lean time. The holidays are over, the proceeds from canned food drives in the fall have been distributed, yet the need is as great as ever. All food donated through the libraries will go directly to the food pantry to be distributed throughout the community.

Although the food pantry’s mission is to provide emergency assistance with food, the organization also works to connect clients with other agencies that can help them transition to more secure financial, housing, and employment situations. The library system has numerous resources available to help them meet those goals, including job search resources, resume writing help, test-prep services, and access to computers and the Internet.

The food pantry provides a vital link between the libraries and local residents in need of assistance. Along with their food packages, clients of the pantry receive information about library resources that can help them improve their lives. This ultimately benefits the entire community by helping more people make the transition to stable lifestyles that support our economy and improve the quality of life for everyone.

All library patrons can participate. Donations from those whose library accounts are already in good standing are also being accepted. Everyone is encouraged to “love your library, love your community” during this time.

Please note that Food for Fines can only be used for overdue fines, not for lost or damaged materials. If you still need to get your account in good standing but can’t take advantage of Food for Fines, please contact or come into your local Henry County library.