Library Fights Hunger (And Also Student Debt)

Food for Fines is one of those events that perfectly embodies the Antioch University spirit. Not only does it support students, it extends that support to local communities.

Founded in 2011, the Food for Fines drive gathers non-perishable foods in exchange for payment of library fines. The event is held for two weeks every year, and is timed to match the American Library Association’s recognition of National Library Week. For each item donated, students receive $5.00 credit toward their overdue fees. The McGregor Library contributes the proceeds to the Yellow Springs United Methodist Church food bank for distribution among those in need.

This year, the event ran from April 12th to the 24th, though dates vary based on the National Library Week schedule. According to Director Steve Shaw, this year was the most successful food drive to date. The library received a variety of food items, including canned soups and tuna, rice, peanut butter, noodles, and meal mixes.

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