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Schurz Library Food for Fines Drive donations double from last year

Staff Writer

Published: Monday, January 16, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 17:01


Courtesy of: John Batliner

The Franklin D. Schurz Library.

The Schurz Library's Food for Fines Drive collected 340 pounds of non-perishable food from students between December 5-17, providing 268 meals to area families.

The drive gave students the opportunity to reduce fine balances by forgiving $1 for every food item donated. In all, $262 worth of fines were forgiven with the highest individual amount being $90. The drive was open to all students and faculty, and many without fines chose to donate.

The amount of food donated doubled from last winter's drive, according to Supervisor of Circulation Katherin Plodowski. The food that was collected in the drive was taken to The Northern Indiana Food Bank located on Sample Street in South Bend, where it was distributed to community members in need.

The circulation desk holds the Food for Fines Drive at the end of every semester, giving students a chance to dodge fines while positively contributing to a local charity.

For more information on organizing and hosting your own food drive, visit

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