Food for fines

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Beginning on Tuesday, November 15, you can help yourself and someone else by trading food for fines! Northwestern University Library will remove $5 in fines* for every non-perishable food item donated.  All food will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Food for Fines will end on Friday, December 9.

In Cook County, more than 500,000 people rely on food provided by the Food Depository. Last year the Food Depository distributed more than 46 million pounds of food through our network of 600 agencies the equivalent of more than 95,000 meals per day, 365 days a year.

Not sure what to donate? Check out the Greater Chicago Food Depository shopping list for some great ideas. We cannot accept open packages, homemade items, perishable foods, expired items, beverages, or anything in a glass container.
Donations will be accepted for exchange Monday through Friday only at the following locations:
Main Circulation Desk    8:30am-5:00pm
Music Library Circulation Desks    8:30am-5:00pm
Schaffner Library Circulation Desk    12:00-10:00pm
Mudd Service Desk    8:30am-5:00pm
Law Library Circulation Desk 8:30am-5:00pm
For more information, contact the Main Circulation Desk at 847-491-7633 or

*Fines cannot be removed or reduced for lost item replacement fees, overdue fines for Law, Mudd, and Music Reserve items, or fines that have been reported to Student Accounts. If you have questions about your fines, please contact the Main Circulation Desk. Food for Fines cannot be used to pay fines from Health Science or United libraries. Maximum fine waived is $30 per person.