Food for fines

During the month of November, Penn Library patrons can help feed the community while paying off their library fines: The Penn Libraries are sponsoring a food drive and fine amnesty program to benefit Philabundance. For each food item donated, $1 will be credited toward a patron’s account, up to a maximum of $20. Credit cannot be applied to lost book replacement fees.

Food donations will be collected at the Van Pelt Circulation Desk. Items should be non-perishable and packaged in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles. They cannot accept items in glass containers or past their expiration date. High-priority items include canned/shelf-stable tuna, macaroni and cheese, creamy peanut butter, and breakfast or hot cereal.

For a complete list of high-priority items, go to:, email, or call Van Pelt Circulation at 215-898-7566.

Originally published on November 14, 2013