University Libraries at the University of South Dakota is hosting its fifth annual Food for Fines food drive program through Dec. 21.
Instead of paying fines for overdue library books, University Libraries is accepting non-perishable food items, including canned fruits or vegetables, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly and cereal, as well as other canned food items.
University Libraries will donate the food items and any cash donations received to the Vermillion Food Pantry. One food item is equal to $1.
According to a press release, the program originated five years ago as a way of encouraging food donations without discouraging students who accumulated minor fees from overdue library materials. The Vermillion Food Pantry collects up to five boxes of food from the food drive each year.
University Libraries is also accepting food and cash donations from the university community at the Circulation Desk, which is located on the main floor of the I.D. Weeks building. Only unopened, pre-packaged and unexpired food will be accepted. Ramen noodles and perishable food items will not be accepted.