Equivalent of 6,728 meals
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2016) — The Lexington Parking Authority’s “Food for Fines” campaign collected 8,300 food items and resulted in $13,000 in citations being paid, the agency announced today. All donations were given to God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington. Donations totaled 8,074 pounds (or 4 tons) of food, the equivalent of 6,728 meals.
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.
“During the past three years this program has provided more than 12 tons of food to families in Central Kentucky,” said Lexington Parking Authority executive director Gary Means. “We have been contacted by several cities across the US seeking advice on starting their own similar program.”