Monday marked the beginning of the Mid-Continent Public Library's winter food drive, which it's hosting in partnership with Harvesters – The Community Food Network.

Until Feb. 26, all MCPL branches will have barrels to collect nonperishable food items as well as household items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo and toilet paper.

According to Harvesters, 63 percent of households served in its network can only pay for either food or utilities but not both, and 45 percent of those served are seniors or children.

“We are so grateful to have partners like Mid-Continent Public Library who step up to fight hunger in our community,” Valerie Nicholson-Watson, President and CEO of Harvesters, said in a release. “They already do so much for us, but to add another food drive at this time of year is critical for the families and seniors we serve.”

MCPL also runs a biannual Food for Fines program that benefits local food pantries and Harvesters' Kids Cafe program.