Member News: “Food for Fines” Holiday Food Drive Experiences Another Successful Campaign

Did your parking organization implement a Food (or Toys) for Fines program this year? IPI wants to hear about it! Please contact Helen Sullivan at sullivan@parking.org.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2016) – The Lexington Parking Authority (LPA) announced today that $13,000 in citations were “paid for” with 8,300 food items collected during the six-week “Food for Fines” campaign. All donations received by LEXPARK were given to God’s Pantry Food Bank. According to God’s Pantry, 8,074 pounds (or 4 tons) of food was received, which is the equivalent of 6,728 meals.

James Frazier, LPA Board Chair said, “This program shows the spirit of our community, with LEXPARK and citizens coming together to support those in need. We’re so pleased to provide these items to God’s Pantry knowing that they will support local families during the holiday season.”

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. We have been contacted by several cities across the US seeking advice on starting their own similar program.” said Lexington Parking Authority Executive Director Gary Means.

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.

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Gary A. Means
gmeans@lexpark.org
(859) 233 – PARK (7275)