Food for Fines Program forgives overdue library fines in exchange for canned food

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BISMARCK, N.D. The Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library and Morton Mandan Public Library are accepting canned food items to forgive overdue fines.

For each canned food item donated, the libraries will forgive up to $3.

Last year, the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library accepted more than 100 pounds of cans, and they're hoping to get more.

The food items will be donated to Aid Inc.'s food pantry in Mandan.

"It really works for two different ways, we're helping the community by doing the food drive, it's also a way for people that might not have the funds to be able to get their fines down so they can still use their library services here," said Matt Hovland, Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library.

The libraries can't accept home-canned items or items past their expiration date.

If you don't owe a fine, you can still drop off an item at the participating libraries during their business hours. The Food for Fines Program goes until Jan. 3