Enoch Pratt’s ‘Food for Fines’ Deal Returns After the New Year

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Frequent library users have a penchant for racking up fines for overdue books. Luckily for Baltimore City residents, there’s a way to pay those down while feeding the needy after the holidays.

This year will mark the fourth straight year in which Enoch Pratt Library has teamed up with the Maryland Food Bank for its “Food for Fines” program. The system is simple: Anyone who owes money to the library for holding onto overdue books can knock a dollar off their debt by donating a canned food item.

If you’re a heinous offender who owes hundreds or even thousands of dollars to the library system, there’s no need to worry. You can donate as many cans as you want. As the rules of common decency state, all donations just need to be unopened and not expired.

Last year’s Food for Fines collaboration was an enormous success for both organizations. The library says it cleared $13,000 in library debts while collecting more than 8,800 meals for Maryland’s families.

This year’s program runs from Jan. 3-31, 2017. All 23 Enoch Pratt branches in the city are participating. Click here to find yours.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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