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The 3rd Annual "Food for Fines" Food Drive, Nov 1-30

Food for Fines, The Penn Libraries' annual food drive and fine amnesty program, returns for its third year! Last year, patrons generously donated enough food to serve 439 meals to individuals across Philadelphia. Throughout the month of November, patrons can once again donate food and help feed our community all while paying off their library fines. All food donations will benefit Philabundance.

For each food item donated, $1 will be credited toward a patron's account, up to a maximum of $20. Please note that credit cannot be applied to lost book replacement fees. Food donations will be collected at the Van Pelt Circulation Desk. Items should be non-perishable and packaged in boxes, cans or plastic bottles. We cannot accept items in glass containers or past their expiration date.

Please consider donating the following high priority items:

  • Canned / Shelf Stable Tuna
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned Pasta
  • Canned Beef Stew
  • Canned Chili
  • Creamy Peanut Butter - (Plastic Containers Only)
  • Jelly - (Plastic Containers Only)
  • Canned Green Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Canned Fruit
  • Breakfast Cereal or Hot Cereal

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For more information:
Van Pelt Circulation 215-898-7566