At a special session of the Lee County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, January 31, 2019, the Board unanimously approved the “Food for Fines” program for Lee County Libraries (LCL) that will begin on Monday, February 18th and run through Saturday, February 23rd

The program provides library patrons an opportunity to donate non-perishable, unexpired food items to pay down their existing overdue library fines.   Each food item contributed will be worth one dollar toward existing LCL overdue fines.  Food donations may not be applied to damaged or lost item fees and may not be applied to overdue fines from other libraries.

“The program’s intent is to promote county library services and foster a positive relationship with our county residents,” explained Beth List, Lee County Government (LCG) Director of Library Services. “Our most important objective is to give back to our community and fill the shelves at our local food banks for those needing assistance.”

All food collected will be donated locally to food banks and organizations in Lee County.  Donated food items must be non-perishable, unexpired and contained in its original, sealed packaging. LCL will not accept items that are: rusty, dented, unlabeled, homemade, alcoholic, drink mixes, soda, opened or used.

For more information regarding “Food for Fines,” please contact Beth List, LCG Director of Library Services at 919-718-4665 or

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Press Release Contact:

Jamie Brown
Lee County Government
Community & Governmental Relations Manager
(919) 718-4605