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Library Accepting Canned Goods Instead of Cash for Fines

Library Food for FInesNORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Here’s an interesting way to pay for those overdue library books.

The Northampton Public Library says instead of cash, you can turn in healthy non-perishable food.

Each donation is worth $2.00 in fines!

All the food collected will go to the Northampton Survival Center.

It’s the fifth year the library has run the program and it’s become very popular.

“There are people who do wait for this. This has become something that people do anticipate.  They’ll let the fines accrue on their account and use this as a way to sort of start the new year off fresh, benefit the community and clear out their library account,” explains Assistant Director, Lisa Downing.

High demand food items are things like non-dairy milk, cereal, canned fruit, peanut butter, and tuna fish.

The program runs through January 15.