Food for Fines drive helps food pantry

NAPPANEE — More than $1,700 in overdue fines were forgiven and 2,200 pounds of food donated in a program that did double duty to help the community at the Nappanee Public Library last month.
The library and Nappanee’s Family Christian Development Center (FCDC) teamed up for the return of “Food for Fines,” which is designed to help stock shelves in the center’s food pantry and give library cardholders the chance to put their accounts in good standing. 
A dollar in overdue fines was removed from cardholders’ accounts for each non-perishable food item donated in the month February.
“Food for Fines presents a great opportunity for patrons to give back to the community and clear fines from their accounts,” said Nappanee Public Library Director Lissa Krull. “We offered this program for the first time two years ago, and residents gave even more generously this time. I’d like to thank all those who donated food for this worthy cause.”
Many patrons who did not owe fines also contributed to the cause, helping to bring over a ton of food goods to the center’s food pantry, which last year distributed more than 92,000  pounds of food to men, women and children throughout its service area.
“We were so pleased to be asked to partner with the library in this creative project, which is benefiting not only the library and their patrons, but also FCDC and the families we serve,” said FCDC Director, Karen Stoltzfus. “Thank you to all who gave so generously. You’ve helped restock our pantry shelves.”