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Library accepting canned goods to pay for fines

Posted: 6:16 PM, Jan 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-08 18:16:59-05

Here's something that helps both the hungry as well as the forgetful. 

The Enoch Pratt Free Library has 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.

About 757,000 Marylanders, or one in every eight person in the state, are considered "food insecure," meaning they don't know when their next meal is coming.  It also means the Food Bank can't afford to have bare shelves.
 
"Right now is when we really need to replenish our stock especially after so many food pantries, and homeless shelters and soup kitchens who rely on us came in during December and now we're looking for more donations," Joanna Warner of the Maryland Food Bank said. 

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

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