It’s like magic. Patrons around the metro will be filling Harvesters’ pantry with food, and their Library late fees will be dropping like autumn leaves. Yep, it’s Food for Fines time at the Kansas City Public Library!
Monday, October 22, through Sunday, October 28, 2012, bring undamaged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any Library location during normal business hours. Each single food item will be applied as a $1 credit toward the reduction of existing overdue fines. All food will be donated to Harvesters Community Food Network .
We do Food for Fines every year, but this time we’ve come up with a special treat for our 7,000-plus Twitter followers.
Because Kansas City has got a crazy-good restaurant scene, we thought it would be fun to connect with some local restaurants and ask them for a $10-$15 gift card to give away each day during Food for Fines.
Of course, they all said heck yes! and so #FoodforFines officially got hashtag  status!
How to Win Local Eats During #FoodforFines:
• When you bring your items to donate to Harvesters to have your fines reduced, simply send out a tweet letting your friends & followers know. Use the hashtag #foodforfines.
• Tag @KCLibrary and @HarvestersORG and for bonus points, tweet a pic.
I just donated to @HarvestersORG to have my @KCLibrary fines erased! You can too all week long during #FoodforFines!
At the end of each day, all tweeting donors will be identified, and one winner will be drawn and notified via Twitter.
Don’t have any late fees? First of all, good for you. Second of all, not to worry. You can still make a donation to Harvesters, tweet about it, and be entered to win.
Here’s the sweet schedule.
Monday, Oct. 22: SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza / @spinpizza 
Tuesday, Oct. 23: Grunauer / @grunauerkc 
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue / @jackstackbbq 
Thursday, Oct. 25: BRGR Kitchen + Bar / @brgrkitchen , @brgrchef 
Friday, Oct. 26: Gram and Dun / @gramanddun , @gramanddunchef 
Saturday, Oct. 27: Snow & Co. / @snowandcompany 
Sunday, Oct. 28: Urban Table / @urbantablekc , @urbantablechef 
Help us spread the word and download a #FoodforFines flier 
Not sure what to bring? Check out Harvesters' list of most-needed items .
Don’t know how to use Twitter and want to learn? Contact JasonHarper@kclibrary.org  to set up a training session.
About the Author
Jason Harper  is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.