Local library patrons donate canned goods to Rescue Mission

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - An appetite for literature is helping feed people in Bay County.

This month, the Northwest Florida Regional Library System allowed patrons to donate cans of food to chip away at their library fines. It amounted to a dollar per can.

All of those cans were delivered Wednesday to the Panama City Rescue Mission.

The Mission uses the donations to feed the women and children at Bethel Village and the men recovering at the rescue mission. Leaders from the library and the rescue mission say it's a worthwhile partnership.

"We're just absolutely grateful, we love partnering with the library any opportunity we can get," Lisa Nixon Mabry, the Communication Coordinator with the Rescue Mission, said. "Any help we can get from the community and we would love to do this again. We just appreciate it so much."

"And thank you to our library community and our patrons for donating," the library's Community Relations Director, Sarah Burris, said.

In total, Bay County's libraries collected more than a thousand cans.