The Coffee County Manchester Public Library is offering to drop fines on library books in favor of a donation of non-perishable foods. From Dec. 3 to 14, one acceptable food item is equivalent to a $2 fine.
The library will not accept dented or expired items or items contained in glass. Library staff are looking for canned meats, canned tuna and salmon, peanut butter, jelly, canned or dry soups, canned stews and chili, canned pasta, canned vegetables and canned fruit that can be often found for less than $2 in stores. All items must be nonperishable.
“The Food for Fines Program is something we do periodically to encourage the spirit of giving, particularly around the holidays. It also greatly benefits those patrons with large fines. We are offering $2 off fines for every non-perishable food item brought in,” said Youth Services Librarian Courtney Mercurio.
All of the items will be donated to Good Samaritan in Manchester.
“Everyone can feel good about this,” said Mercurio.
Mercurio said they are unsure how long the library has been doing Food for Fines and how much food the library has donated to Good Samaritan in the past.
The food donations will not count toward processing, lost, damaged or other fees outside of late fees.