Mid-Continent Public Library's biannual Food for Fines program will run next Monday through Sunday. During the weeklong initiative, customers at all library branches can donate nonperishable food items in place of money to pay off overdue fine or replacement card charges.

Customers with no fines or fees can also donate to “pay it forward” toward another patrons’ fees, and food will be given to charitable organizations across the metro area. Each donated food item will count as $1 toward a customer’s fines and fees up to $10. The Community Services League, the Stone Church Neighborhood Dinner and the Grain Valley Assistance Council will benefit from collections at area branches.

Mid-Continent offers the Food for Fines program twice a year – leading into the summer to encourage active participation in the Summer Learning Program and in the fall to help alleviate any barriers for children seeking homework help and required reading materials at the library. To date, MCPL has collected more than 130,000 items for local charities through its Food for Fines program.

Suggested donations 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.