The Faulkner County Library is hosting a food drive to supplement dwindling supplies at local food pantries that have seen increased demand since schools let out for summer.

Those with outstanding debt to the library have the chance until Aug. 21 to "make it right," said Ruth Voss, Faulkner County librarian.

Until the date, non-perishable food items may be turned in at all branches in lieu of fines.

"Two cans of vegetables can wipe away a $3 fine, " Voss said.

How hefty of a fine can be paid with food items?

Voss said to keep in mind that most can’t get in to "too much trouble here" because the library graciously caps fines at $3.

Higher offenders also have a chance to be redeemed at the library.

A child’s backpack turned in at any branch will replace one lost, stolen or destroyed library book.

Voss said the initiative led by Connie Staal, circulation manager, has already generated food and backpack donations.

Items the library has asked for include tuna, mayonnaise, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables and fruit, instant oatmeal and grits, cans of spaghetti sauce, ravioli and soup.

Food items and backpacks may be delivered to branches in Conway, Clinton, Greenbrier, Mayflower, Mt. Vernon, Twin Groves and Vilonia.

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