The Mid-Continent Public Library is dishing out a new deal that's sure to make mouths water and wallets happy! It's time for Food for Fines, the biannual program that lets library patrons pay off their overdue fines and replacement card charges with nonperishable food items.

From Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 7, customers can bring in boxed meals, canned food, peanut butter, cereal, and pasta to the MCPL in lieu of cash to cover their fines. And even if you're in good standing with the library, you're still encouraged to donate, as the food will be used to "pay it forward" and help other patrons pay off their fines.

All donated food items will count as $1 toward a customer's fines and fees, up to $10. And the best part? The food collected will go to local charities in the Kansas City metro area.

This program has been a huge success in the past, with over 165,000 items collected for local charities through the years. So, if you have some overdue library books or replacement fees, now is the perfect time to get squared away while doing some good for the community.

Remember, donated food items must not be expired, damaged, open, non-nutritious, or in a glass, plastic, or cardboard drink container. For more information on the participating food pantries and to learn more about the Food for Fines program, visit

Come on, folks! It's time to open those pantry doors and bring in those canned goods. Let's make this year's Food for Fines program another record-breaking success!