Food for Fines: Turn overdue books into food for the hungry

The Sheridan Libraries are partnering with the Hopkins community to provide selected food items for those in need while giving library users a break on fines. From Monday, May 9, through Tuesday, May 24, you can reduce your library fines by as much as $10 by donating nonperishable food. Donated items will benefit the Church of the Guardian Angel Food Pantry.

Located in Remington, the Church of the Guardian Angel's walk-up food pantry strives to alleviate hunger in North Baltimore by providing groceries and other essential items to individuals and families living near the Homewood campus.

For every unopened, unexpired nonperishable food item donated, the library will reduce your overdue fines by $1, to a maximum of $10. Bring donations to the Milton S. Eisenhower Library's service desk between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Canned soup, canned chicken, canned tuna, SpaghettiOs, and nutritional shakes like Ensure are particularly needed. Boxed pasta, mashed potatoes, shelf-stable milk, and juice are also welcome, as are foods that are gluten-free, low-sodium, vegan, or meet other dietary considerations.

Don't have any overdue fines? We will still accept any items on our list by anyone.

Items that are expired, damaged, or perishable will not be accepted.

Food for Fines only works on overdue fines. Lost book charges, damaged item fees, or other fees associated with your library account are not eligible.

For more information, please contact the MSE Library Service Desk at 410-516-8335 or The Food for Fines offer does not extend to other Hopkins libraries.