Tacoma Library’s Food for Fines program collected 18,560 nonperishable items to benefit local food banks, in exchange for forgiving overdue fees.
During the three-week program, which ended Saturday, fees held by library patrons were reduced by $24,284.50.
That figure includes patrons who paid their fines in cash, as well as those who exchanged three donated items for $10 deducted from their overdue tab.
The program was to end March 2, but was extended to March 9 when participation showed no sign of easing.
“If it wasn’t slowing down, why not extend it?” spokesman David Domkoski said. “Tacoma …