Enough for 8,370 meals
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 23, 2015) — The Lexington Parking Authority’s “Food for Fines” campaign collected more than 10,000 food items during its five-week campaign. All donations were given to God’s Pantry Food Bank, which said it received 10,211 pounds (or 5 tons) of food, the equivalent of 8,370 meals.
“We are very grateful to the local Lexington area media for helping get the word out during this food drive,” said Lexington Parking Authority executive director Gary Means. “While it has been great to see this story in the news all over the U.S. and in other parts of the world, it mattered most that folks around here found out about the opportunity to clear their records and help those in need at the same time.”
Customers were encouraged to bring in 10 cans of food and receive $15 off a parking citation. “Food for Fines” ran from Nov. 16 through Dec. 18.
The goal of the Parking Authority, which was created by the Urban County Council in 2006, is to provide, maintain and operate adequate, high-quality, customer-focused public parking and encourage economic growth.