Fines for Food

Starting today, overdue fines at Metro libraries can be forgiven with cans or boxes of food. Nashville Public Library is waiving one dollar in library fines for every can or package of food donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Library spokeswoman Deana Larson says the fine forgiveness program, which started last year, helped feed Nashville’s hungry and got people coming back to the library.

“We heard a lot of stories of people who had these fines outstanding, maybe didn’t have the money to pay that full fine and were not using their library cards.”

Larson says last year the “Food for Fines” program brought in 13 tons of food for Second Harvest.

“It was a very moving experience. There was an employee there who takes the donations and she said, you know as soon as the holidays are over, people kind of forget about us, and this refilled all of the shelves for those emergency food boxes all the way through January.”

This year, Second Harvest is in particular need of peanut butter, canned meats, rice, and beans. The food bank can not accept products in glass, so it’s asking for food to be packaged in boxes, cans or plastic. Donations can be dropped off at any Nashville library branch, including downtown, today through next Wednesday.

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