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"Food for Fines" library drive raises more than 600 pounds of food

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JACKSON, Tenn.- People with library fines turned their cash into cans in August.

In just two weeks librarians say West Tennesseans donated more than 600 pounds of food, for the "Food for Fines" drive.

The Jackson-Madison County Library allowed patrons to pay book fines with canned goods.

Director of the system, Dinah Harris, said this is the highest amount people have donated in years.

"So, it's been a great blessing to them and then it also helped the library to be able to get back some materials that people were hanging on to because they didn't want to pay the fine," Harris said.

All of the donated food will go to the Regional Interfaith Association or RIFA. The next cans for fines drive will be in December.