JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 20, 2013) — From now until the end of the fall semester, East Tennessee State University’s Charles C. Sherrod Library will have the “Food for Fines” initiative, allowing library patrons to donate non-perishable food in lieu of paying late fees. The library will waive $2 in accrued fines for each item brought to the first-floor check out desk. Persons who wish to donate food but do not have an outstanding library fee are welcome to do so.
All donations will be given to Bucky’s Food Pantry, which distributes food to students, faculty and staff in need of assistance.
During the inaugural year of the “Food for Fines” program, Sherrod Library collected and donated 719 items to the pantry.
Jeri Paddock, the library’s circulation supervisor, says, “We forgave $1,438.40 in fines during 2012 and hope to top that number this year. This is such a worthy cause.”
The items needed by the Food Pantry include canned meat and fish, evaporated milk and other canned or boxed dairy items, breads and cereals, juices, canned and dried fruits, vegetables, soups, and baby foods. Other miscellaneous items include peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, canned nuts, jams and jellies, ketchup and mustard, mayonnaise, sugar, and flour.
Items that cannot be accepted include glass containers, home canned items and Ramen noodles.
The library will not accept food in lieu of charges for lost items or issue credits against future fines.For further information, contact Paddock at (423) 439-8553 or Carolyn Bond of the library at 439-4234.