LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-– The Lexington Parking Authority collected over 6,057 pounds (or three tons) of food during their 2018 “Food for Fines” campaign. That equals over 7,360 food items, which “paid” for $10,765 in citations. All donations received by LEXPARK were given to God’s Pantry Food Bank.
Food for Fines encouraged customers to bring in ten cans of food in exchange for $15 off a parking citation. The campaign ran from November 19 through December 14.
“More than 2,000 hungry households in Fayette County seek assistance from God’s Pantry Food Bank each month,” said Michael Halligan, CEO of God’s Pantry. “This year more than 6,000 pounds of food was donated by parking citation holders in place of paying their LEXPARK citations. In five years, the Food for Fines program has gathered enough food to help create some 30,000 meals. What a wonderful blessing of food and joy during the holiday season. Thank you!”