RESIDENTS can clear unpaid library fines by donating non-perishable food and toiletries to Wirral Foodbank this week.

Wirral Libraries has teamed up with the local foodbank as part of Libraries Week, which runs from October 7 to October 13, and as part of the 'Food for Fines' initiative.

There is no limit to the amount in overdue charges that customers can pay off and donated items can be dropped off at library collection points across the borough.

It is hoped that the scheme will add to the existing support given by library users who regularly donate to Wirral Foodbank.

Cabinet member for community services Cllr Julie McManus said: “Food for Fines is an important initiative which makes a real difference to local people in need of support – while giving library users a rewarding feeling, too.

“As well as being a great example of communities supporting each other, I hope that Food for Fines will encourage residents to come back into our libraries by removing the barrier of unpaid fines.

"Everyone is welcome to visit and enjoy what’s on offer.”

Wirral Foodbank is currently short of tinned meat and fish, pasta sauce, tinned fruit and squash - sanitary products are also urgently needed.

Any donations must be non-perishable items with a use-by date of six months or later.