December 4, 2000
Fines forgiven for food donation
By Eric Rangus firstname.lastname@example.org
This being the holiday season and all, the Health Sciences Center and
Woodruff libraries are in a charitable mood. Through Dec. 29 they are
forgiving fines on overdue library materials.
For a price. Sort of.
As part of Cans for Fines 2000, students, staff and faculty can donate
canned foods and, in return, receive library fine credits of up to $1.25
per can. The program is now in its tenth year, and all donated food will
go to the Atlanta Food Bank.
Previously, the Health Sciences Center library was the only participant,
but this year, the main library has joined in. And while this may appear
to be an easy way to duck a couple of bills, givers are not necessarily
Just about every year we have people who bring in donations and
dont owe on fines, said Penny Splain, senior user services
assistant at the Health Sciences Center library. She is in her second
year of administering the program.
Upon donation, the worth of each can will be calculated. The price of
each will range between 50 cents and $1.25, and Splain said there is no
size limit to donations.
Last year, Cans for Fines collected more than 600 cans, and Splain said
she hopes to better that amount this year. The effort began Nov. 20, and
running the effort is a breeze.
The program kind of runs itself, Splain said. We get
the barrels from the Atlanta Food Bank. They do this pretty regularly.
Its pretty easy for us.
And cans are not the only items accepted for donation, Splain said. Far
from it. The best dry foods include beans, rice and pasta, cereal and
oatmeal, sugar and powdered milk. Splain listed the most desired canned
foods as soups, canned meat and fish, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter,
pork and beans and evaporated milk.
Students make up the majority of givers. Splain estimated that about
two-thirds of the last years donations came from students, while
the other one-third was spread out between faculty and staff.
Donations will be accepted at the information desk of the Health Sciences
Center library and at the circulation desk at the Woodruff Library.
For more information, contact Splain at 404-727-5811.