Mid-Columbia Libraries will accept up to $10 in food donations from patrons to pay for overdue fines through April.
Area food banks informed library officials they are low on donations, according to a news release. The libraries typically offer a "food for fines" program in the winter.
Each food item donated will equal $1 worth of fines. People can turn in more than $10 of food donations, but only the first $10 will apply to fines.
Participating food banks include Second Harvest Tri-Cities, Benton City Food Bank, Prosser Jubilee Ministries, Kahlotus Food Bank, Othello Food Bank, Basin City Help Services and others.