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Library’s ‘Fill a Basket’ Food Drive Collects More than 300 Cans of Food, Waives Overdue Fines

April 20, 2016


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A total of 318 cans of food were collected as part of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library’s “Fill a Basket” Fine Amnesty Food Drive benefiting the Corpus Christi Food Bank. The amount of canned food donated weighed in at 299 pounds. As a result of the drive held April 4-15, students, staff and faculty were able to exchange canned goods for a waiver in library overdue fines.

For every nonperishable food item donated, $2 in overdue fines for students, staff and faculty was forgiven. Graduate students donating a food item received double the amount in fine amnesty for each canned food during Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 4-8.

“The Fine Amnesty Food Drive is an excellent way for everyone to pay for their fines and help our community at the same time,” said Jeffrey Janko, Library Information Specialist. “The event is definitely beneficial to both parties; you waive your fines while supporting people in need.”

The library waived around $636 in fines from the food collected, with the largest contribution coming from one student donor. Once a book or other item is overdue, a $0.25 fee is charged per day and per item. When charges for overdue materials reach $15 worth of fines, their account is rendered inactive and they may not check out any more material until their fines are paid back.

The library holds their Fine Amnesty Food Drive each spring and fall semester. This is the third year that the library has held their spring food drive. Every food drive is on pace to collect more food than the semester prior.