Food a fine way to help: Joondalup library overdue fines

Library services officer Joanne Hall, Andrew Jones from The True North Church, Kyla Rasmussen from The Spiers Centre and Tanya Cairns from HAND.  Picture: Martin Kennealey        d444530
Library services officer Joanne Hall, Andrew Jones from The True North Church, Kyla Rasmussen from The Spiers Centre and Tanya Cairns from HAND. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d444530

CITY of Joondalup library members can clear their overdue fines as part of a charity exchange from November 1 to 30.

For each item of non-perishable boxed, bottled or canned food members drop off at the Duncraig, Whitford, Joondalup or Woodvale libraries, $1 from their fines will be waived as part of the 2015 Food For Fines campaign.

Library members without fines can also donate.

Donations will go to local community groups True North Community Care, HAND (Homeless, At Risk, Needy and Disadvantaged) and The Spiers Centre for distribution to families and clients in need this Christmas.

They can include spreads, sauces, noodle cups, pasta, rice, soups, canned chicken, tuna, vegetables and fruit, cereals and snacks and health bars.

Michelle Goemans, from True North Community Care, which provides emergency food, homeless support and counselling services in the northern suburbs, said food donations were vital in the lead-up to Christmas.

“On top of our regular emergency food relief hampers, we give out an additional 160 Christmas hampers,” she said.

The Spiers Centre’s Leanne Durie said she had also seen a recent increase in people requiring regular food assistance.

Library members without fines can also donate.