Students Help Themselves, Others During Seventh Annual Food for Fines

Food for FinesEach year during Food for Fines, the William A. Blakley Library offers amnesty to students who may have been a little late returning their books. The program, which last year collected approximately 800 food items for charity, provides students the opportunity to receive up to $50 off their regular library fines by donating non-perishable food items at a rate of $1 per item. The seventh annual Food for Fines will run from March 28- April 9 and benefit the food pantry at St. Jude's Catholic Church.

"It's not uncommon for students to bring in the maximum 50 items," said Cherie Hohertz, access services librarian. "We've even had a few bring in 50 one day, then try to push their luck the next day with another 50! That doesn't work."

To participate, students should bring non-perishable items to the Circulation Desk during business hours. Needed items include canned meats and vegetables, evaporated milk, personal hygiene products and dried fruit. A complete list and additional information, will soon be available at

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