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Food for Fines supports local food banks

 
2010-03-09

From March 8-12, Queen's Library users can reduce their library fines while supporting people in need on campus and in the local community during the Library’s 13th annual Food for Fines campaign.

The campaign provides an opportunity to donate cash or non-perishable food items to the AMS Food Centre and the Partners in Mission Food Bank through any campus library circulation desk. As an incentive to participate, the Library offers to waive $1 in fines for each item donated, to a maximum of $20/person. Alternatively, library users can choose to direct up to $20 in fine payments (cash only) to the campaign.

Food for Fines was launched at Queen’s in 1998 following a suggestion from library staff members. “It seemed like a wonderful opportunity for the Library to partner with our users in giving back to the Queen’s and Kingston community,” says Elizabeth MacDonald-Pratt, Circulation/Stack Coordinator in Bracken Health Sciences Library. “The campaign raises awareness of the problem of hunger, while also providing our users an opportunity to reduce or clear their library fines.  It’s a win-win proposition.”

Over 25,000 food items and more than $5,000 in cash donations have been collected since the program’s inception.

“It’s not necessary to have library fines on your record in order to participate,” notes Maureen Myers, who works in Circulation and Reserves at Stauffer library. “Donations are welcome from everyone in the community. We receive a number of inquiries each year about the campaign dates, because people simply find it a convenient opportunity to drop off a donation.”

For further information about Food for Fines, please consult the Library News posting at http://library.queensu.ca/news/archives/1219.

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