The Lexington Parking Authority (LPA) announced today that 8,828 pounds (or 4.4 tons) of food was donated during their 2019 Food for Fines campaign. This year 9,594 food items “paid” for $14,240 in citations. All donations received by LEXPARK were given to God's Pantry Food Bank.
“The Food for Fines promotion is an imaginative, impactful approach turning a parking citation into a more positive experience by helping provide food to some residents of Fayette County who are at risk of hunger,” said Michael Halligan, CEO. "God's Pantry Food Bank is always grateful for the partnership and excited that enough food was collected to create nearly 6,700 meals through this year’s campaign.”
James H. Frazier, III, Chairman of the Parking Authority said, “It is great to see our totals have exceeded the last three years for this worthwhile program. The need is greater than ever.”
Customers were encouraged to bring in 10 cans of food and receive $15 off any parking citation. “Food for Fines” ran from November 25 through December 20.
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.