With Thanksgiving on its way, Penfield Library has begun its Food for Fines drive to collect cans and non-perishables for the Human Concerns Food Pantry in Oswego.
“It’s fun to watch people come in with a carton of soups or whatever, and as the food starts to pile up behind the desk and to know it’s going toward a good cause,” Coordinator of Access Services Ray Morrison said.
Penfield Library allows students to pay for fines with food through the drive. Each food item will cancel $1 of any fine. The exception is Ramen-type noodles which are accepted as four for a dollar. Morrison brings down food to the pantry once a week, for three weeks.
Morrison said that this helps bridge the gap between the college and the community.
“I think they really appreciate having the campus support their activities,” he said.
This food will provide local families with dinner for Thanksgiving.
The food drive will continue until Nov. 23.