Libraries Week calls for food over fines
Residents can clear unpaid library fines by donating non-perishable food and toiletries to Wirral Foodbank this Libraries Week (7-13 October 2019).
As part of the ‘Food for Fines’ initiative, Wirral Libraries has teamed up with its local foodbank to help support families who are in-need across the borough.
There is no limit to the amount in overdue charges that customers can pay off with food or toiletry donations. Donated items can be dropped off at library collection points across Wirral.
The scheme will add to the existing support given by library users who regularly donate to the Wirral Foodbank at library collection points.
Cllr Julie McManus, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Food for Fines is an important initiative which makes a real difference to local people in need of support – while giving library users a rewarding feeling, too.
“As well as being a great example of communities supporting each other, I hope that Food for Fines will encourage residents to come back into our libraries by removing the barrier of unpaid fines. Everyone is welcome to visit and enjoy what’s on offer.”
Please note: the foodbank can only accept non-perishable items, e.g. tins or packets, with a use-by date of six months or later. It is currently short of tinned meat and fish, pasta sauce, tinned fruit and squash. Sanitary items are also urgently needed.