Library accepting canned goods to pay for fines

Posted at 1:10 PM, Dec 29, 2015

If you have library fines put your wallet away and go into your pantry. The Enoch Pratt Free Library partnered with the Maryland Food Bank in January for Food For Fines.

Donate a canned food item at any Pratt Library location and receive $1 off any library fine. The more cans you donate, the more money is taken off of those library fines. The cans must be unopened and not expired to qualify.

“We are encouraging our library patrons to help fight hunger in the Baltimore area. This campaign helps our neighbors and helps you reduce your library fines,” Carla D. Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, said in a release. “The holidays are over but the need is still there. Baltimoreans and Marylanders stand by each other and this campaign is a way to continue the holiday spirit into the new year.” 

Last year the library collected more than 10,700 pounds of food for the Maryland Food Bank.

“The Food for Fines campaign is an inspiring example of how communities can come together to prioritize hunger,” Deborah Flateman, President & CEO of the Maryland Food Bank, said in the release. “It’s a win-win for everyone, and it’s a helpful reminder that hunger is a year-round struggle, one that doesn’t end once the holidays are over.”

The Food for Fines program goes from January 4 to January 31.