Beginning on Tuesday, November 16, 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 10.
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.