Campuses and cities across the nation participate in a donation collection dubbed Food for Fines. Campuses and cities that have Food for Fines rules in place allow people to donate non-perishable items and in return, parking fees and other fines are waived or decreased.
Most of the cities and campuses that participate in Food for Fines do so before and during the holiday season, usually from September through November. According to NPR, in the city of Lexington, KY if a person receives a parking ticket they can donate 10 cans of food to decrease their ticket by 15 dollars.
The city donated more than 6,000 cans of food during this time in 2014. The Treasurer of Albany, NY, Darius Shahinfar said the city of Albany collected a ton and a half worth of food donations through this program, enough food for 5,000 meals.
Freshmen Jose Valdez feels Doane should implement Food for Fines because it is good for two things, it helps those that are less fortunate and is charitable. The program also makes it easier for students to pay tickets and will be less stressful for students overall.
The Food for Fines would be helpful for the Doane and Crete community because students get a lot of fines, freshmen Marco Araujo said. Students would raise a lot of food for the less fortunate in a creative way.
Food for Fines betters the community, especially around the holidays, Shahinfar said. It puts a bit of a positive spin on something like a parking ticket and turns it into an opportunity to help others.
Foods that are high in protein such as peanut butter and tuna are the most appreciated at food banks, the Interim Executive Director of the Food Bank in Tallahassee, FL, Jim Croteau said.