Food for Fines Program Enters Fifth Year

By Marketing and Communications | 02-01-2018


COLLEGE STATION (February 1, 2018) – This February, Aggies will be able to reduce their library fines and help their own community at the same time. The Libraries’ Food for Fines program is in its fifth year and accepts non-perishable food items as payment for outstanding library fines. All donations will go to the 12th Can Food Pantry and the program runs for three weeks from February 7–28.

"Giving students the ability to reduce their fines, while at the same time helping those in need in our own communities is one of our favorite traditions at the Libraries," said Tonya Carter, University Libraries Food for Fines coordinator. "Last year we were able to collect over 736 pounds of food, and we hope to increase that yet again in our fifth year."

For each full-sized donation of 10 oz. or more, $1 will be credited towards a student’s fine on their University Libraries account, with a $50 maximum. No glass containers will be accepted and food cannot be repackaged, opened or expired. Patrons will be given a receipt for their donation and will receive account credit within 24 hours. The program excludes replacement fees for lost or damaged items and no money will be exchanged.

Participants can drop off donations from February 7-28 at the AskUs desks at the following locations: Sterling C. Evans Library, Medical Sciences Library, Policy Sciences and Economics Library, and West Campus Library. Each AskUs desk will have complete information about what will and will not be accepted.

"The 12th Can is excited to be receiving the Food for Fines donation again this year,” noted Morgan Payton, Assistant Director of 12th Can. “Through our fellow Aggies paying off overdue books by donating food, we will be able to feed the 100 clients that use our pantry every opening."

 

Food Generally Accepted:

Peanut Butter, Canned Meats, Canned Vegetables and Fruit, Canned Soup, Cereal, and Pasta. We will not accept food in glass containers, packages of food that have been opened, repackaged or are expired.


About 12th Can Food Pantry
The 12th Can Food Pantry is a student-run food pantry located at Texas A&M that serves all students, faculty and staff in need of assistance. Their goal is to eliminate hunger at Texas A&M, bring awareness to food insecurity in college communities, and show others the power of the Aggie spirit. Since opening in 2013, they have served over 30,000 pounds of food. For more information visit www.the12thcan.org 

For more information: Patrick Zinn, Director of Marketing, Texas A&M University Libraries; 979.845.4265 or pzinn@library.tamu.edu.