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LEXPARK collects three tons of food paying for $10k in fines for its ‘Food for Fines’ campaign


The Lexington Parking Authority (LPA) collected 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.

“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!”

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.

The goal of the Parking Authority, which was created by the Lexington-Fayette 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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