September 23, 2019

BY JESSICA PETT

Over the semester, a student’s life tends to get hectic. Assignments pile up, projects and group meetings get in the way and sometimes library books become overdue. Conestoga College’s Library Resource Centre (LRC) has teamed up with the school’s food bank in order to provide a solution for cash-poor students through a “students helping students” initiative they are calling Food for Fines.

From today until April 3, students are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items in exchange for having their library fines waived.
Normally, a fee of 25 cents per day is charged to students for each overdue book they haven’t returned. However, during Food for Fines, the LRC will take off $5 per item of food brought in.

“Last term we had 40 pounds of non-perishable items collected, which was great; $52 in fines were waived and four shelves of food were donated,” said Rachel Kelly, a staff member in circulation and reserves services at the LRC.

Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the library’s service desk during the weeklong event.

For further information, contact Kelly at rkelly@conestogac.on.ca.

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