Food For Fines

March 4, 2019

To some, it may be surprising to learn that in Ashland County 13.4%, or 7,140 people, were food insecure in 2016 according to Feeding America. In 2017, Ashland's Associated Charities Food Bank had an average of between 220 and 260 families seeking food assistance each month, according to an Ashland Source column.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. (Hunger is the physical sensation of discomfort from lack of food.)

Ashland Public Library will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items in lieu of payment for overdue fines* on patrons' accounts during the entire week of March 17 through March 23, 2019. 

All items collected during this week will be given to local charitable organizations for distribution to the Ashland community: ACCESS, Associated Charities, Catholic Charities, Council on Aging, Safe Haven, and Salvation Army Food Pantry.

Download a brochure containing the Food For Fines information.

*Donations cannot be accepted for Lost, Damage, or Referral fees on any account. Opened, expired, or items not in their original packaging will not be accepted. Items that come as 4 or 6 packs are counted as one item and will waive one fine.

A list of accepted food items:  
Applesauce cups
Baby food
Cake/Brownie mixes
Canned foods
Coffee creamer
Dried pasta
Fruit cups
Granola bars
Jello/pudding cups
Juice (100% juice preferred)
Pasta sauces
Peanut butter
Pet food
Pop tarts
Pop-top pasta
A list of accepted personal hygiene and cleaning items:
Adult diapers
All purpose cleaner
Baby shampoo/soap
Baby wipes
Bar Soap
Body Wash
Clorox wipes
Dish soap
Face wash
Laundry detergent/Fabric softener
Lysol spray
Magic erasers
Paper plates/cups
Paper towels
Toilet paper
Trash bags
Window cleaner
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