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UVic Helps Fill Food Bank Shelves

A recent Hunger Count study by Food Banks Canada shows the number of Canadians using food banks is at an all-time high. This holiday season, two University of Victoria food drive initiatives will help fill local food bank shelves instead of collecting fines. The annual UVic Food for Fines program offers relief from library fines and parking tickets in exchange for food donations to the Mustard Seed Food Bank and the UVic Student Society’s Food Bank.

UVic’s Campus Security Services (CSS) is offering a $5 reduction on each parking ticket with a donation of one non-perishable food item per ticket. Bring your fine and food donation to CSS during regular office hours from now through Dec. 17.

UVic Libraries is discounting fines by $2 for each non-perishable food item, to a maximum of $20. Library users may also pay for their fines by diverting up to $20 of the money to Mustard Seed as a donation when paying by cash, credit or cheque at the McPherson Library (Mearns Centre for Learning) or Curriculum Library (MacLaurin Building). The program runs from Nov. 26 through Dec. 7.

The CSS building is located near the UVic Bookstore and is open during regular office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays. Click here for library hours: http://library.uvic.ca/hours/default.html. Campus maps, building directories and directions are also available at www.uvic.ca/maps.


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Susan Henderson (UVic Libraries) at 250-853-3612 or shenders@uvic.ca
Patrick Seward (UVic Campus Security Services) at 250-721-6685 or seward@uvic.ca
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca

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