We are proud to be partnering with New Visions Homeless Services in providing library patrons with a new opportunity to take care of their library fines: Food for Fine Vouchers!

About Food for Fines

From April 1st to June 30th, simply bring a donation of items from New Visions’ Wish List (see list of items below) to MOHMs Place and in exchange, they will issue Food for Fines Vouchers that can be used to pay your library fine, up to $50.00 on each account!  For every item donated you will receive $1.00 worth of fine forgiveness.

About New Visions Homeless Services and MOHM’s Place

MOHM’s Place has been feeding the hungry in Council Bluffs for over 20 years!  It began with sack lunches consisting of 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a bag of potato chips, a piece of fruit, and a juice box, which were served out of the van.  Now, MOHMs Place has a permanent meal site located at the New Vision’s Complex, where they serve 6,000 meals a month to hungry men, women, and children in our community!

The New Vision Complex is located at 1435 N. 15th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.  Along with the meal site, New Visions operates an emergency men’s shelter there that can sleep up to 100 people nightly.  There are also 26 units of Transitional Housing, designed for the sole purpose of helping people get back on their feet and be productive citizens.

New Vision’s Wish List

 Canned carrots, peas, corn, beets, green beans, and baked beans
 Pasta sauces
 Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and hot sauce
 Stuffing
 Coffee, sugar and creamer
 Flour and cornstarch
 Salt and Pepper
 Canned tomatoes and tomato sauce
 Tin foil and saran wrap
 Trash can liners
 Kool Aid
 Cream of mushroom, chicken , and celery soup
 All forms of dried pastas
 Coffee, creamer, and sugar

 Men’s white tube socks, underwear, and t-shirts
 Women’s undergarments
 Styrofoam plates, cups, napkins, paper towels
 Hats, gloves, mittens, scarves (men, women, and children)
 Coats, sweatshirts, sweat pants (men, women, and children)
 White towels and wash cloths
 Personal hygiene products (Travel Size, deodorant, razors, shampoo, shaving cream, soap.)
 Laundry soap and bleach
 Pillows, sheets, blankets and sleeping bags
 Gift cards to Walmart or Sam’s Club
 Gasoline cards and bus passes

The Fine Print

No Food for Fine donations will be accepted at the Council Bluffs Public Library.

Donations must be made to:

1435 N. 15th St.
Council Bluffs, IA  51501
(712) 256-3940

Donation Hours are:

Monday – Friday                     9:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Saturday                            10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Sunday                              Donation processing is closed.

Donations can be taken to the South Parking Lot, behind building by garage door. Ring doorbell and someone will be there to assist you.

An individual Food for Fine Voucher is good for one-time use.  An individual Voucher can be applied to multiple accounts at the time of transaction.  Any amount not used at the time of transaction is considered forfeit.  A total of $50.00 worth of fine forgiveness can be applied to an individual account.  Any fine or fee associated with Makerspace equipment or ILL, and any replacement fee associated with Fontenelle Forest Passes are ineligible for fine forgiveness.  Vouchers will be issued April 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018.  Vouchers will be accepted between from April 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018.