WKU Libraries is accepting food donations for a local food pantry in exchange for overdue library fines. The drive has been extended until April 11.
“For every food item brought to Cravens 4th floor, we will forgive $1 of the student’s fines up to $10,” said Paula Bowles, Library Public Services Circulation Assistant. “We look at it as a win-win for both the student and those folks in need of assistance at this time of the year.”
Last fall, WKU Libraries collected close to 350 food items and donated to local church food pantries. “We were very pleased with the outcome last semester and hope for even more this time,” Bowles said.
Recommended foods to bring are canned fruits or vegetables, hearty soups like chili or beef stew, peanut butter, bagged beans, crackers, pastas and even microwavable foods. Refrigerated foods are not allowed since all the items are stored in a room temperature pantry.
Food may be taken to any WKU library location. However, to have fees forgiven, food must be brought to the 4th floor of Cravens Library. The food drive will run through April 11. For information, contact Paula Bowles at (270) 745-6167.
Contact: Jennifer Wilson, (270) 745.6977.