The Portage la Prairie Regional Library has been able to reduce late fines while filling the pantry of the Salvation Army.

Food for Fines ran from May 2-11. Library director Jen Kendall says the drive brought in 44 items, allowing them to waive just over $200 worth of fines. Her favourite part of the drive was the "pay it forward" feature, allowing those who don't have late fines the ability to contribute.

"Some places don't do (the pay it forward feature) because, it turns out, when people can't pay for library fines, they often can't afford to give away food," notes Kendall. "We just wanted to make sure that we're doing as much as we can to give back to the community."

She adds that they'll look to run Food for Fines annually, as a way to support the Salvation Army. Kendall says they'll partner with other organizations for other events, but this is their only food drive.

"It was really great to see," notes Kendall. "This was our second year doing it. We've gotten a great response from everybody. It's just fantastic to see this kind of support coming for the food bank."

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