7th Annual Food for Fines Event

By Marketing and Communications | 01-15-2020

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS (January 15, 2020) – Texas A&M University students will be able to reduce their library fines, and help the community this February. The Texas A&M University Libraries’ Food for Fines program is now in its 7th 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 from Feb. 1 to Feb. 29.

"Food for Fines gives our customers the opportunity to help their fellow Aggies and the Aggie communities, and reduce or eliminate their fines,” University Libraries Food for Fines coordinator Tonya Carter said. "It’s an example of Aggies helping Aggies.”

For each full-sized donation of 10 oz. or more, one dollar will be credited towards a student’s fine on their University Libraries account, with a 75 dollar 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 Feb. 1 to Feb. 29, 2020 at the AskUs desks at the following locations: Sterling C. Evans Library and Annex and Business Library and Collaboration Commons. Each AskUs desk will have complete information about what will and will not be accepted.

Foods Generally Accepted:

Granola bars, peanut butter, canned meats, canned vegetables and fruit, canned soup, cereal and pasta. We will not accept food in glass containers or 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