The Enoch Pratt Free Library is partnering with the Maryland Food Bank to host Food for Fines, a month-long program that accepts canned food donations to pay off library fines. From January 2 through 31, 2018, visitors are encouraged to drop off unopened, unexpired canned goods to any Pratt Library location to help eliminate outstanding balances.
Each can is worth $1 towards any fines. All the proceeds benefit the Maryland Food Bank and there’s no limit to the number of cans you can donate. (You’re allowed to donate even if you don’t have fines too!).
The Pratt Library is expanding its service hours beginning January 8. All locations will be opening at 10am six days a week. The Cathedral Street location will be open seven days a week. Mobile units will be increasing their time on the road from two days to five days a week and will be adding new locations. Check here for current hours at each location.
Here’s a list of the most needed items:
- Canned Proteins: canned tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter, or beans
- Canned Vegetables: low sodium, no salt added
- Fruits and Juices: in light syrup or its own juices, fruit cocktail, apple sauce, juice boxes
- Pasta & Rice: brown & white rice, macaroni & cheese, pasta
- Breakfast: cereal, oatmeal, quick oats, granola/cereal bars
- Soups & Stews: low sodium, beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, vegetable, turkey & rice
- Dairy: shelf-stable milk, evaporated milk, infant formula
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