Help those struggling to feed their families during this holiday season — and get overdue book fines forgiven — during Food for Fines at Nashville Public Library.
Library cardholders will get $1 in current fines waived for each can or package of food donated to Second Harvest Food Bank Nov. 9-24. Non-perishable food items can be brought to any circulation desk at any branch of Nashville Public Library.
Food for Fines is part of a Metro-wide food drive, the first initiative in Nashville’s participation in Cities of Service, a national coalition of city mayors committed to filling needs in their communities by encouraging volunteerism and service.
“We joined Cities of Service with the commitment of engaging our citizens to address challenges in our community,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “The need for food assistance has never been greater, so as part of this effort I’m asking area businesses and other organizations to follow suit and hold their own food drives, and for individuals to contribute to Metro’s food drive. Together we can help a lot of families.”
The nation's food banks face a growing demand during this holiday season, when heating bills and the economy push poverty level budgets to breaking point.
“As the food bank experiences a 38 percent increase in demand for emergency food assistance, Food for Fines could not come at a better time,” said Jaynee Day, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. “More and more families are turning to the food bank for assistance — many for the first time — and this drive is an easy way for the community to get involved in the fight against hunger.”
Library patrons are encouraged to bring non-perishable canned goods or food items in boxes or plastic bags to the circulation desk at Main Library, 615 Church St. or any neighborhood library branch.
Items most needed include peanut butter; canned meats (tuna, chicken, beef stew); canned vegetables and fruit; macaroni and cheese; rice; and beans.
Food donations by patrons without overdue fines are also encouraged during the drive.
Replacement fees for lost or damaged materials, fees for losses in billing or collection stages, and lost card fees are not included in Food for Fines.
For more information, call 862-5800 or visit www.library.nashville.org.