Two court offices in Great Falls that traditionally offer "food for fines" programs in December have canceled the event this year due to COVID precautions.
Cascade County Justice Court and Great Falls Municipal Court have both canceled this year's donation drive.
Great Falls Municipal Court said in a news release that the cancellation was necessary in order to reduce walk-in traffic to the Civic Center, adding that they can not sufficiently ensure social distancing and safety measures required by COVID-19 mandates for such an event.
They added, however, that they understand the impact the canned food drive has during the holiday season, and will be granting a one-month extension toward payment plans, upon request, during the entire month of December. An appearance in open Court will not be necessary, and the request may be made at the Municipal Court window or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). If a warrant for failure to pay is active, the Court will also reinstate a payment plan without an appearance in an open Court session. However, the reinstatement request must be made in person at the Municipal Court window. Requests will not be allowed by telephone.
In an effort to continue to support the Great Falls Community Food Bank during this time, the Municipal Court encourages people to consider donating food items to the food bank, regardless of the donation drive being canceled.
For more information, you can call Cascade County Justice Court at 406-454-6873, or Great Falls Municipal Court at 406-455-8450.