NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville Public Library patrons who owe fines may pay them with a donation of food.
The food collected will go to the Second Harvest food bank, which received more than 44,000 pounds of food items from a similar "Food for Fines" campaign last year.
Deanna Larson of the library system told WKRN-TV the library will accept a canned food item for each $1 owed in fines through Jan. 22.
The library will accept a can-per-dollar swap on all overdue materials fines, but not for replacement of lost items.
Among most-needed items are peanut butter, canned goods, macaroni and cheese and dried beans and rice.
The food bank has seen need increase by more than 20 percent in the last year.
Information from: WKRN-TV, http://www.wkrn.com/