‘Food for Fines’ helps both students and the poor

The second annual Food for Fines drive,
organized by the St. John’s University
library, began on April 10, and will last until
May 20 on both the Queens and Staten
Island campuses.

Food for Fines first came about when
Brian Mikesell, Associate University
Librarian for Systems and Services, proposed
the idea to Marilyn Narson supervisor
of the Circulation Department, in the fall of

Thanks to this program, students holding
overdue books from the school’s library can
return their books with a food donation and
their late fines will be forgiven.

Library fines for overdue books run anywhere
from a minimum of 20 cents to a
maximum of $5 per book. One food item
will replace the payment of one overdue fee,
regardless of monetary amount, while students
who have multiple overdue books will
have their fines reduced from the lowest to
the highest amount. Food donations will not
take the place of a lost or damaged library

Non-perishable food items can be
brought to the circulation desk, located on
the second floor of the library. A basket of
food goods will be placed conveniently for
students to drop off their donations.

All donations from the Queens campus
will go to Our Savior Lutheran Food Pantry,
while the donations from the Staten Island
campus will go to Project Hospitality.
Additionally, food items collected during
the month of April will be donated to the
Feinstein Challenge, a program aimed at
eradicating hunger in America.

The Feinstein Challenge, which is sponsored
by the Feinstein Foundation, will
award grants to the organizations and universities
involved in the challenge.

Associate Professor Andrea McElrath of
the Staten Island Campus, and Associate
Professor Ann Jusino of the Queens campus,
were both instrumental in making Food for
Fines a success.

“The Fall Food for Fines drive was