Kellogg Community College library patrons with late fees from overdue items can have their fines lessened or erased entirely by donating nonperishable food items beginning Oct. 15.
KCC’s Morris Library Food for Fines initiative will run from Tuesday, Oct. 15, through Wednesday, Nov. 27. The library is centrally located on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek.
Donations of nonperishable food items to the library will erase overdue fees of various amounts depending on the type of donation. Single-serving items will clear 50 cents per item. Examples include instant oatmeal, cups of noodles, granola bars, miniature cereal boxes, fruit cups, applesauce cups and more.
These will be donated to the KCC Foundation’s Bruin Basket initiative, which consists of “snack pantries” at four campus locations that are fully stocked with healthy snacks, free for the taking by students in need.
Donations of food items containing more than one serving will clear $1 worth of overdue fees per item. Examples include boxed meals, soup and other canned foods, peanut butter, pasta, rice, dried beans and other food items. These items will be donated to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.
Donations that equal $10 according to the above guidelines will clear all overdue fines from an account. Individuals who don’t have library fines are also encouraged to donate.
No expired or damaged items, glass containers or open packages will be accepted. Donations go towards late fines only; they will not apply to replacement costs of missing library materials.
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