Donations from SOKCNearly five-and-a-half tons of food is on its way to families in need this holiday season, thanks to the Pioneer Library System’s “Food for Fines” campaign.

The program gives readers, who may have had a little trouble getting their library materials checked in on-time, the chance to make at least some of their fines go away with the donation of a non-perishable canned or boxed food items.

The 11 PLS libraries collected a total of more than 10,800 pounds of food. It will go to food pantries around Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties during the holiday season. The total marks a large increase from last year when donations topped the four-ton mark. So far around 39 tons of food have been donated since the “Food for Fines” campaign began in 2005.

Organizations that will receive this year’s donations are:

Blanchard - Blanchard Lions Club

McLoud - Emmaus Indian Baptist Church

Moore - Brand Senior CenterMoore Food and Resource Center

Newcastle - Veterans Corner

Noble - First State Bank, First Baptist Church, Maguire Farm Store

Norman Central - Salvation Army of Norman Food Pantry

Norman West - Salvation Army of Norman Food Pantry

Purcell - McClain County Operation Christmas

Shawnee - The Salvation Army

Southwest OKC - Moore Public Schools Food Pantry, Moore Food and Resource Center

Tecumseh - Highland Church of Christ