Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Edison’s Library Tackles Hunger and Overdue Materials

Edison Community College’s Library will attempt to solve two problems with one can of peas when it launches its new “Food for Fines” program this summer.

The new program offers amnesty for long-overdue materials. The catch is that instead of digging into their pockets for fines, students and other library patrons can search their cupboards for donations of food that the library will turn over to the Bethany Center in Piqua, Ohio. Each item donated equates to $1.

This is an initiative used at both public and academic libraries nationwide, and the Edison Library is excited to offer this program to the students, staff, faculty, and communities that it serves.

The Library asks that donations include only shelf-stable foods, such as canned fruits, vegetables and meats, soups, cereals, boxed meals, pasta, peanut butter and jelly. The library will not accept home-canned items, opened foods, or foods past their expiration dates.

Collection boxes are set up at the main desk at the Edison Library, 1973 Edison Drive, Piqua, Ohio. Students can find out the amount of their outstanding fines by calling 937- 778-7950.

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