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Food For Fines

Food for Fines will return September 10-16, 2018

To date, Food for Fines has collected more than 100,000 food items for local charities and food pantries!

Bring boxed or canned nonperishable food items to any MCPL location to pay off your overdue fines and help out your local community. Each single food item will count as $1 off existing overdue fines or replacement card charges, up to $10. You are also welcome to donate items even if you do not have any library fines.


Suggested Items

  • Boxed meals
  • Canned soup
  • Canned meat, fruit, or vegetables
  • Peanut butter
  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Sugar free/low sodium/gluten free products

Please be aware:

  • No expired items
  • No damaged items
  • No glass, plastic, or cardboard drink containers
  • No open packages
  • No non-nutritious items such as candy, chips, etc.
  • Ramen noodles (and other multi-pack items) will be accepted at a value of 4 packages = $1

Community Partners

A Turning Point KC (Boardwalk)
Barry Christian Church (North Oak)
Benedictine Sisters - Clay County (Claycomo)
Coldwater of Lee’s Summit (Colbern Road)
Community Assistance Council (Blue Ridge and Red Bridge)
Community Services League (Buckner, North Independence, Blue Springs North, South Independence, and the Midwest Genealogy Center)
Dearborn Community Food Network (Camden Point, Dearborn, Edgerton, and Platte City)
First Baptist Church of Smithville (Smithville)
Good Samaritan Center (Excelsior Springs)
Grain Valley Assistance Council (Grain Valley)

Grandview Assistance Program (Grandview)
Helping Hands Food Pantry (Lone Jack)
Kansas City Church (Woodneath)
Kearney Food Pantry (Kearney)
Lee’s Summit Social Services (Lee’s Summit)
Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (Raytown)
Smithville First Christian Church Food Pantry (Smithville)
St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry at St. Therese Parish (Boardwalk, Parkville, and Riverside)
Stone Church Neighborhood Dinner (North Independence) 
Wilkerson Food Pantry at Liberty Christian Church (Liberty)