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FOOD FOR FINES PROGRAM ENTERS FOURTH YEAR

COLLEGE STATION – For the fourth consecutive year, students will be able to reduce their library fines by donating non-perishable food items. All donations will go to the 12th Can Food Pantry, and the program will run from February 13-27.

"Giving students the ability to reduce their fines, while at the same time helping those in need in our own communities is one of our favorite traditions at the Libraries," said Tonya Carter, University Libraries Food for Fines coordinator. "Last year we were able to collect over 1,000 items, and we hope to increase that yet again in our fourth year."

For each full-sized donation of 10 oz. or more, $1 will be credited towards a student’s fine on their University Libraries account, with a $50 maximum. No glass containers will be accepted and food cannot be repackaged, opened or expired. Patrons will be given a receipt for their donation and will receive account credit within 24 hours. The program excludes replacement fees for lost or damaged items and no money will be exchanged.

Participants can drop off donations from February 13-27 at the AskUs desks at the following locations: Sterling C. Evans Library, Medical Sciences Library, Policy Sciences and Economics Library, and West Campus Library.

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About 12th Can Food Pantry
The 12th Can Food Pantry is a student-run food pantry located at Texas A&M that serves all students, faculty and staff in need of assistance. Their goal is to eliminate hunger at Texas A&M, bring awareness to food insecurity in college communities, and show others the power of the Aggie spirit. Since opening in 2013, they have served over 30,000 pounds of food. For more information visit www.the12thcan.org 

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For more information: Samantha Geyer, Texas A&M University Libraries; 979.862.4233 or geyersamantha@library.tamu.edu

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