During April 10th – 21st, all eight locations of the Northwest Regional Library System will participate in a Food for Fines food drive. Patrons will have $1 in current overdue fines waived for each can or package of nonperishable food they bring to the library. Food items could include peanut butter, canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, cereal, pasta, etc. We cannot accept glass containers, opened packages, repackaged food, or expired food.


All items will be donated to local organizations who help fight hunger in our communities. The Bay County Public Library, Panama City Beach Public Library, Parker Public Library, and Springfield Public Library will donate all items collected to the Panama City Rescue Mission. The Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe will donate all items collected to the Community Resource Center. The Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka will donate all items collected to the Ministerial Association. The Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol and the Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford will donate all items collected to the Calhoun-Liberty Ministry Center. 




Food for Fines will waive current overdue fines only. It does not include fees for lost or damaged materials, card replacement fees, printing costs, or credit for future overdue fines. Library patrons who do not have fines, but are interested in participating in this year’s food drive, are encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items.