‘Food for Fines’ program enters final week to get parking fine relief

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – This is the last week to help the Lexington Parking Authority collect food for the needy while at the same time get rid of those pesky parking tickets.

The Lexington Parking Authority announced Monday the popular Food for Fines program will end this Friday, Dec. 18. The campaign began on November 23 and has in the first three weeks collected more than 1,340 food items, which has paid for more than $2,000 in citations.

Customers who bring in 10 cans of food will receive $15 off any LEXPARK or Lexington Police issued on-street parking citation. There is no limit on the number of cans customers with multiple citations may bring in.

Past due citations are eligible.

The LEXPARK office is located at 122 North Broadway. Residents can to check to see if they have a meter citation by simply entering their license plate at the “Pay a Citation” page on the lexpark.org site.

“At this point last year, we had collected over 5,000 food items so we hope folks will brave the cold and the pandemic and make it down to the LEXPARK office by Friday,” said Parking Authority Executive Director, Gary A. Means, CAPP. 

Masks will be required and the LEXPARK staff will safely assist those making donations.

All canned food donations received by LEXPARK will be donated to God’s Pantry Food Bank. Canned vegetables which are at least 14-15 oz. large and protein items such as canned meat, bean or peanut butter are suggested.

Expired, damaged or opened food donations will not be accepted. Please be considerate when selecting donated items. LEXPARK reserves the right to revoke a customer’s participation in this program at any time.

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