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Pay Your Parking Ticket With a Donation to the Big Blue Pantry

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2018) –– University of Kentucky Transportation Services is excited to announce that it will run its Donations for Citations canned food and personal care item drive for a third straight year.

Donations for Citations allows students, faculty and staff to waive one regular citation of $25 by donating 10 nonperishable food items or five personal care items. All items donated will benefit the Big Blue Pantry — an on-campus resource that serves UK students who are experiencing food insecurity or hunger.

“Donations for Citations is something that our staff looks forward to each year," said Chrissie Tune, Transportation Services communication officer. "It is so rewarding for Transportation Services to help students and employees to give back to those in need right here on campus by offering this alternative way to pay citations."

Transportation Services will accept nonperishable goods — including food and personal care items — through Friday, April 6, in exchange for waiving one regular parking citation of $25 or less. UK Transportation Services customers — including students, faculty, staff and visitors — are eligible to participate in Donations for Citations. Donations will be accepted at the Transportation Services main office located at 721 Press Ave.

Any UK student with a valid UK ID is eligible to receive nonperishable goods from the Big Blue Pantry, located in Rooms 23-25 in White Hall Classroom Building. Big Blue Pantry's spring 2018 hours can be found here:

The following nonperishable food items will be accepted: macaroni, pasta, pasta sauce, nuts, crackers, juice, cereal, oatmeal, tuna, canned chicken and granola bars. The following personal care items will be accepted: toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, trash bags, shampoo, toothpaste and soap.

Donations will not be accepted if: 

  • Items are expired, damaged or opened.
  • Items require refrigeration.
  • Items are in a glass container.
  • Items are trial size.

Donations for Citations waivers are only valid for one regular fine of $25 or less. This does not include immobilizations, impoundments, parking in fire lanes, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible parking violations or improper application or use of parking permits.

Customers may only have one eligible citation waived as part of the Donations for Citations drive. Customers with multiple unpaid citations must pay all other outstanding citations in order to have one waived under the program. Citations waived through the Donations for Citations program are not eligible for appeal.

For more information about Donations for Citations, visit