Lexington tickets paid with 5 tons of food for hungry

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A program that allows Lexington parking ticket recipients to cover their fines with canned goods for the hungry has collected 5 tons of food during the holidays.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1JTWRXn ) says the Lexington Parking Authority collected 10,000 canned goods and other food items during the five-week “food for fines” program. That’s up from 6,200 food items collected last year.

All donations are given to God’s Pantry Food Bank. The food bank says 10,211 pounds of food was received, which is the equivalent of 8,370 meals.

In 2014, only parking citations were eligible for the program. This season, the program expanded to include traffic citations.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

 

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