"FOOD FOR FINES" Nashville Public Library Partners With Second Harvest Food Bank January 12-22

By Betsy Thorpe

Richland Park Library Patron, Makes Donation To “Food For Fines”

For ten days, starting on January 12th, all Nashville libraries will forgive library patrons $1.00 in current over-due fines for every can or package of food donated through the Nashville Public Library’s third annual “Food for Fines,” a program established to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Last year “Food For Fines” provided almost forty thousand pounds of food in one of Second Harvest’s most successful drives.

Donations collected through “Food For Fines” will furnish much needed supplies for Second Harvest’s emergency program. An emergency food box contains two to three days’ worth of staples and non-perishable items such as canned vegetables, fruits and meat, macaroni & cheese, rice,dried beans, peanut butter, cereal and crackers. Food Drive Manager Eisabeth Guthrie said “we forsee a much greater need this year, every month we are feeding more and more people”. In the last fiscal year Second Harvest Food Bank distributed more than thirty- seven million pounds of food to hungry men, women, and children throughout Tennessee.

For more information on “Food For Fines” contact the Nashville Public Library at 862-5800.

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