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For the thirteenth consecutive year, UBC Library and the Alma Mater Student Society are running their annual Food for Fines Campaign.

From October 26 to November 9, $2 will be waived for every non-perishable food item (up to a maximum of $30). Visit any Library branch to donate items at the circulation desk.

Non-perishable donations of items such as peanut butter, canned fruits and dried pasta are preferred. For a full list of the most-needed items, visit the AMS Food Bank donation website.

The AMS Food Bank provides food relief for students in need, including non-perishable foods, supplies and information about additional resources on- and off-campus.

Follow @AMS_UBC or @UBCLibrary with #ubcfoodforfines for campaign updates.

For the past nine years, UBC Library and UBC’s Alma Mater Student Society (AMS) have run the Food for Fines campaign, an initiative to support the AMS Food Bank and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Library users who wish to reduce their fines can donate non-perishable food items – $2 in fines are covered for each item donated, up to a maximum of $30.

Increasing numbers of donations highlight the generosity of the UBC campus; last year’s donations totalled more than 3,100 items collected at branches, and more than $6,300 in fines were waived.

Donations are split evenly between the two food banks once the campaign is completed, usually in early November. “Donations received from the Library provide a substantial part of our food bank inventory,” says Emilia Moulechkova, Coordinator for the AMS Food Bank this past year. “This enables us to keep up with the growing demand for our service and ensures that campus communities have access to food as a right, not a privilege.” 

Read more from UBC Library’s Community Report (2013).

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For the ninth consecutive year, UBC Library and the Alma Mater Student Society of UBC are once again running their Food for Fines Campaign.

Reduce your library fines by donating non-perishable food items. Each food item donated counts toward $2 in fines, up to a maximum of $30. Donated items will be distributed to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the AMS Food Bank. The program takes place from October 17 – 31 inclusive.

Help us raise exceed our goal of raising more than $5,000 in donations to helping those who need it the most in our communities. Review the list of most-needed items by the Food Banks. Find out more about this program by visiting the Food for Fines Facebook page or emailing the AMS Food Bank.

Donations received at UBC’s Okanagan campus will go to the UBC Okanagan Student Food Bank.

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