BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Broome County Public Library is hosting its 5th annual 'Food for Fines' initiative in which people can donate non-perishable items for something in return.
If you have a late fee at the library, there is a way to have it reduced. For every non-perishable food that is donated, the Broome County Public Library takes one dollar off of the fine.
All of the donations go directly to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, CHOW, to help it put a dinner on the table for local families.
"This is the time of year when people are turning their heat on. People are buying gifts for their families and money gets tight, so a lot of people need food," said CHOW Director, Jack Seman.
The two organizations working together to fill the shelves in the library and on the CHOW food bus.
"We usually provide about two barrels full with hundreds of pounds of food by the end of the month," said Broome County Public Library Director, Lisa Wise.
The CHOW bus, filled with many items you can find in a grocery market, is available in front of the library to anyone who needs help every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
'Food for Fines' will take place from December 1 until December 30. If you would like to donate, you can bring food to the front desk.