A wonderful way to help residents in Lexington, Kentucky eliminate all those unpaid parking tickets is to participate in a new program that has just been launched called “Food for Fines”. The Lexington Parking Authority has put a plan into action that will help any resident in the city absolve the ticket fines they have accumulated whether recent or past due if they contribute canned goods to help hungry people residing in the eastern and central areas of the state of Kentucky.
The number of citations issued must be outstanding, since there has already been over 6, 200 cans of food collected in food drive runs that has covered more than 600 parking citations to date. The food drive is effective from November 15 through December 18, and all canned goods will be delivered to God’s Pantry Food Bank. There are currently four Lexington food bank locations that the food collected will be distributed between to help feed the hungry and replenish the shelves at each food bank during the holiday season. If the shelves at the food banks fill there could be enough to go around, to feed families for an entire year.
Staple items are encouraged since they have a longer shelf life. Items such as canned vegetables, peanut butter, canned fruits and canned soups are a few of the top food items that will keep and be shared with those unfortunate ones who are unable to provide for themselves and their families. The food bank provides over 120,000 meals each and every day for individuals who can benefit from the “Food for Fines” drive.
The breakdown is simple. If a parking ticket was issued for the amount of $15; the individual who received the ticket can of course pay the ticket or simply supply the food drive with 10 cans of food. The most common fine, per parking violation, is $15, but not limited to that amount. Depending upon the type of fine, some tickets have been issued for the amount of $30, whereas the person who received this citation would need to donate 20 cans of food for their ticket to be eliminated. All in all, if one brings in 10 canned food items to the drive they will receive a discount for each citation they were issued on any past due ticket, they had received and not responded to, to date.
This is a great way to ring in the holiday season. The authorities of Lexington, Kentucky, with their program can get those who have a parking offense to clear their records while helping others in need. The spirit of the season is upon us and the benefits will help not just those with fines they are unable to pay directly for being cited with a parking violation, but many others in areas of the state that no longer will have to go hungry or worry where their next meal will come from until they get back on their feet once again.