Cape Breton University Library Launches Annual Food Drive

For the tenth consecutive year, the Cape Breton University Library will participate in the Novanet Libraries Food Drive, Food for Fines, from January 17-28. For every non-perishable food item donated, participating Novanet libraries will reduce student library fines by $2, to a maximum of $20. All food donations will be given to the CBU Food Bank.

Donations can be made at the Library Circulation Desk on the CBU campus. “We are delighted to be participating in this wonderful program. A program that benefits students but most importantly people who are in need,” says Debbie MacInnis, CBU Library. “The program is a budget-friendly way for students to reduce the library fines that they may have accumulated over the year and at the same time help other students.”

The program has been quite successful to date, with donations growing each year. In 2009, a total 135 food items were donated equivalent to $234.75 waived from students’ records. Last year, a total 146 food items were donated with $268.00 worth of library fines waived from students’ records. Both years a $50 cash donation was also made to the food bank.

The CBU Food Bank is open to all CBU students and provides necessities including food, toiletries, clothing and stationary. “The Food for Fines program is an opportunity for students to help fellow classmates who may be in need. Each year, the CBU Food Bank works with other groups within the University Community to raise awareness and promote support for the food bank – Food for Fines is a perfect example of this,” says Marnie Miller, Coordinator, CBU Food Bank.

In addition to canned goods and other non-perishable food items, the Library will also accept monetary donations.

“We expect that we will build on our past success and surpass last year’s total donation. We are encouraging all students to take advantage of this program and get involved as it supports a great initiative,” says MacInnis.

Donations can be made during regular hours at the CBU Library. For more information visit