Submitted By Tasha Kennard
Second Harvest Food Bank
Nashville, Tenn. — Food for Fines, the annual food drive organized by Nashville Public Library, generated 45,000 pounds of donated food for Second Harvest Food Bank, making it one of the top campaigns of the past few years for the non-profit organization.
Trading one food item for each $1 owed in overdue fines, library patrons donated food items at the downtown Main Library and neighborhood branches during the January 12-22 drive. Cardholders without overdue fines also donated food during the campaign, restocking the shelves for the Second Harvest Emergency Food Box Program that feeds hungry children, seniors and families in the community. Canned meats, fruit and vegetables, soup, chili, pasta, baked beans, macaroni and cheese and other nutritious foods were among the items collected.
“We have some of the most generous patrons around,” said Nashville Public Library director Donna Nicely. “We’re so pleased that so many people were able to clear up their overdue fines and help this good cause.” On Thursday,Jaynee Day, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, stated,“Food for Fines continues to be one of our largest food drives each year. With demands on the Food Bank rising every day, we will continue to need increased support from our community and we are pleased to partner with the Nashville Public Libraries to provide food for our hungry neighbors.”
Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization.Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of over 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide and also a member of Feeding America – The Nation’s Food Bank Network. During the 2007/2008 fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed more than 40 million pounds of food to hungry men, women, and children. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 400 not for profit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, foster care facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit http://www.secondharvestmidtn.org.
Nashville Public Library offers a collection of two million items including books, DVDs, CDs and downloadable audiobooks, as well as more than 1000 public-use computers, 24/7 reference assistance, and free exhibits and programs including puppet shows by Wishing Chair Productions seen by nearly 6,000 children each month.