Mid-Continent Public Library's biannual Food for Fines program will be Sept. 11-17. During the weeklong initiative, customers at all 31 MCPL branches can donate nonperishable food items in prace of money to pay off overdue fines or replacement card charges.

Food items count as $1 each toward fines and fees, and they will be given to charitable organizations across the metro area. According to MCPL, the Food for Fines program last fiscal year collected more than 25,400 items.

Suggested items include boxed meals, canned food, peanut butter, cereal and pasta. Donations must not be expired, damaged, open, non-nutritious or in a glass, plastic or cardboard drink container.

Community Services League, Lunch Partners, Grain Valley Assistance Council, Faith in Christ Fellowship and Coldwater of Lee's Summit are among the organizations that stand to receive donations from the Food for Fines program.