Residents can help feed hungry families this holiday season by turning in overdue books at the LaVergne Public Library this month.
The annual Food for Fines program will be underway at the LaVergne Public Library from Dec. 1 through Dec. 15, and by bringing donated food items, participates have the chance to once again be able to enjoy a fine-free library membership.
Encouraging donations by offering fine forgiveness is a library tradition – many libraries across the country do it at one time of year or another.
“Offering the Food for Fines program during the holidays works well for us because it’s when people are really thinking about what they have and are thankful for, and how they can help those around them who may be less fortunate,” said Library Director Teresa Wilberscheid.
The library is seeking nonperishable, nonexpired food items and will credit up to $1 toward your fine for every item donated. Last year, the LaVergne Public Library waived approximately $375 in fines, and about $345 was waived the year before.
Food donations may be brought to the circulation desk by patrons who are either paying off fines or simply feeling generous.
The items collected will be given to the annual food drive sponsored by the city’s emergency services departments in which groceries are donated to local families in need.
Police Chief Mike Walker said donations that are particularly needed include peanut butter, canned vegetables, pasta, flour, and soups, but any nonperishable item will be accepted.
“All of our emergency services groups work together every year to help feed our local families,” Walker said. “We really appreciate that the library is donating the food they collect back into the community.”
Wilberscheid said this is one of the library’s favorite events.
“It’s a way for the community to help their neighbors, and it is our pleasure to facilitate that,” Weilberscheid said. “We can’t wait to see how we do this year.”