Waived fines provide food for those in need

Fine foods: Pat Giles Centre refuge manager Amber Williams, Centre CEO Kedy Kristal and acting senior librarian Sally Sibley with some of the food collected through the waiving of fines at the library. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d412369
Fine foods: Pat Giles Centre refuge manager Amber Williams, Centre CEO Kedy Kristal and acting senior librarian Sally Sibley with some of the food collected through the waiving of fines at the library. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d412369

Through the 2013 Food for Fines campaign, City of Joondalup library members could have $1 in fines waived for every item of food they donated to the centre.

The centre, which offers safe crisis accommodation and counselling for women and children affected by domestic violence, received 72 boxes of goods including canned vegetables and fruit, baby food, coffee, soups, cereal, biscuits, pasta and rice.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the program had been a terrific success.

‘For two decades the dedicated team at the Patricia Giles Centre in Joondalup has provided an invaluable service to our community, making sure women and children have a safe place to turn to when they need it most,’ he said.

Centre chief executive Kedy Kristal said more than 100 families benefitted from the Food for Fines campaign.