I had the opportunity to visit my local Second Harvest warehouse last week. It was amazing, and humbling, to see how much food moves thru their system.
Many libraries in Tennessee have had Food for Fines programs, where patrons have a dollar of overdue fines forgiven when they donate a canned good at the library for the local food shelter.
These programs are very valuable to food banks. They often have to purchase food and pass that cost to their partner agencies; donated food saves them money. They're also a good way to give patrons a chance to clear up their library fines while helping the community.