Lexington, Kentucky has come up with a genius way to fill local food banks. From November 16 – December 18, if you receive a parking ticket you can pay it off with canned goods.
The “Food for Fines” program has been hugely successful in the past. Last year, over 6,200 cans of food were accepted as payment for 600 meter citations. This year they have expanded the program to all parking violations in hopes of increasing that amount.
10 cans of food will get you a $15 credit towards your citation and God’s Pantry (the food bank receiving these donations) says that two families could be fed by each ticket.
Lexington could be onto something, and if this keeps showing positive results over the holiday season this could become a more long term solution to empty food banks, year round.