Brisbane Council Libraries will be supporting the supply of food for those in need this Christmas with its annual fee waiver drive. If you or your family and friends have outstanding library fees, you can wipe the slate clean as the library waivers outstanding library fees and fines between 1 until 31 December 2019.
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Customers who return their overdue books to a library during December 2019 or have existing overdue fines, processing fees and/or holds fees, will have these fees waived in exchange for a can of non perishable food. The amnesty does not cover lost library items.
If you don't have any fees or overdue items but would still like to get involved, Council staff will gladly accept your donation of canned food. Library membership is free to Brisbane City Council ratepayers and anyone who lives, works or studies in Brisbane.
This year, Council's library amnesty will donate all food to Foodbank Queensland . Foodbank is Australia's largest food relief organisation that distributes food to charities and community organisations who assist those in need.
A Foodbank Hunger Report 2018 found that 5 million Australians in regional and remote areas have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months. Regional and remote Australians are 33% more likely to experience food insecurity than their city cousins.
Isn't that a terrific idea. I like that there is still something to be given so people remain accountable for not having returned the books on time but that they can rectify that with a good deed which will perhaps help them feel a little less embarrassed.