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Libraries’ Food for Fines Program Underway

The Sixth Annual Food for Fines Program Feb. 1-March 8 gives Texas A&M students a chance to help the community while taking care of their library fines.
By Joshua Russell, Texas A&M University Libraries February 5, 2019

Evans Library.
Evans Library.

Texas A&M Libraries

Once again 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 now in its sixth 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 February 1-March 8.

“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 1,345 pounds of food, the largest amount since we have started Food for Fines.”

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 $75 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 1-March 8 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.

Food Generally Accepted:

  • Granola bars
  • Protein bars
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meats
  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Cereal
  • Pasta

The libraries will not accept food in glass containers, packages of food that have been opened, repackaged or are expired.

Media contact: Joshua Russell, Texas A&M University Libraries, 979.458.2420, joshuar2010@library.tamu.edu.

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