Enoch Pratt Library accepting food for fines


— The Enoch Pratt Free Library is partnering with the Maryland Food Bank in the month of January for “Food For Fines.”

From January 2 to January 31, donate a canned food item at any Pratt location and receive a $1 off any library fine.

There is no limit on the amount of cans that can be donated. For example, five cans = $5 off of your library card fines. Canned goods must be unopened and unexpired to qualify. To participate, just drop the cans off at the Circulation Desk of your local Pratt Library branch.

“We are encouraging our library patrons to help fight hunger in the Baltimore area. This campaign helps our neighbors and helps you reduce your library fines,” said Carla D. Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. “The holidays are over but the need is still there. Baltimoreans and Marylanders stand by each other and this campaign is a way to continue the holiday spirit into the New Year.”

“We are grateful for everyone who donated to the Maryland Food Bank over the holidays, but hunger doesn’t take a holiday,” said Deborah Flateman, President and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank. “There are still more than 457,000 people in our area who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and with recent cuts to long-term unemployment benefits and SNAP benefits, we worry this number will grow even greater.”

For more information about the Pratt’s Food for Fines campaign, visit: www.prattlibrary.org.