The UBC Library is hosting their bi-annual Food for Fines program to support the UBCO food exchange
The UBC Library, in coordination with the UBCSUO and UBC Vancouver AMS, is hosting their bi-annual Food for Fines Campaign between March 19 and April 2. The program allows students to settle their fines by bringing non-perishable and non-expired food to the Library desk in exchange for cash credit toward library fines.
Unlike the Vancouver campus program, which places each donation as a $2 contribution up to a $30 total, the Okanagan campus will conduct the program so that each student will receive $3 off their fines for each donated item up to a total of $60! Although be wary, the librarians aren’t going to accept a single granola bar as one item, only a whole unopened box will count towards your fines!
The food donated by UBC-O students will support the UBC-O Food Exchange located beside the Health and Wellness Centre on the third floor of the University Centre.
“Every year students express to us that they are happy to pay off library fines with food. They know the food is going to support other students”
Barbara Sobol, the Undergraduate Services Librarian, noted how useful the Food for Fines program has been for students in the past, “Every year students express to us that they are happy to pay off library fines with food. They know the food is going to support other students – and it always feels good to clear up loose ends, like a $5 library fine, at the end of term.”
Although the Vancouver campus receives enough food to support both the campus and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, the Okanagan campus focuses solely on the students due to the limited number of donations.
“The Food Exchange has an increasing need for food, and we are happy to support them,” said Sobol. “While we do get lots of food donated through this program, it isn’t truck loads! A focused effort on campus currently works for us.”
If you have outstanding library fines to pay or some extra food in your cupboard, donate to the Food for Fines program, or directly to the Food Exchange, and support your local community!