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UK Transportation Services’ Donations for Citations program benefitting Big Blue Pantry begins March 1

Donations for Citations, a popular program that helps stock the shelves at University of Kentucky’s Big Blue Pantry, will take place this year beginning Monday, March 1, through Friday, March 12. UK students and employees who have a parking citation can pay their fee during this two-week period by donating food or personal care items to Big Blue Pantry.

This will be the sixth year that UK Transportation Services has partnered with Big Blue Pantry, the on-campus food pantry that works to combat hunger and food insecurity for UK students.

(Photo by Pete Comparoni, UK)

Since its inception in 2016, Donations for Citations has delivered over 13,560 pounds of food and personal care items to the pantry. More than 1,000 people have participated over the past five years, making it one of Big Blue Pantry’s largest food drives.

“The Donations for Citations program is something that our staff looks forward to every year,” said Lance Broeking, director of UK Transportation Services. “This program provides a great opportunity for our department to give back to the campus community by helping combat food insecurity.”

Ten food items or five personal care items will waive one regular citation of $25 or less. Regular citations do not include immobilizations, impoundments, parking in fire lanes, ADA accessible parking violations or improper application or use of parking permits. Customers with unpaid citations must also pay any other outstanding citations in order to have one waived under this program. Citations waived through the drive are not eligible for appeal.

Participating is easy. Simply bring your donations to our customer care center, located at 721 Press Ave., to settle your citation. This year, Big Blue Pantry is asking for the following food and personal care items:

Suggested Food Donation Items:

• canned tuna
• chicken or other meats
• fruit juices
• condiments
• oils and seasonings
• granola bars
• fruit cups
• applesauce
• cereal
• pasta
• pasta sauce
• instant rice
• microwave meals
• canned fruit
• pudding cups
• oatmeal
• bread
• canned spaghetti or pasta meals
• vegetarian or gluten-free items

Suggested Personal Care Items:

• toilet paper
• facial tissue
• paper towels
• laundry detergent
• trash bags
• shampoo
• conditioner
• toothpaste
• toothbrushes
• hand soap
• body and face wash
• shaving cream and razors
• tampons
• sanitary pads

Please note: Expired, damaged or opened food or personal care item donations will not be accepted. In addition, refrigerated items or those in glass containers will not be accepted. Trial sizes are also prohibited.

For more information about Donations for Citations, visit the UK Transportation Services website at www.uky.edu.

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