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Donations for Citations Drive Starts Monday, Feb. 28

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Ten non-perishable food items or five personal care items will waive one regular citation of $30 or less during the Donations for Citations drive, taking place Feb. 28 through March 11. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2022)  Donations for Citations, a popular program that helps stock the shelves at University of Kentucky’s Big Blue Pantry (BPP), will take place this year beginning on Monday, Feb. 28, through Friday, March 11. 

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. Participating is easy! Simply bring your donations to UK Transportion Service's customer care center, located at 721 Press Avenue, to settle your citation. The customer care center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

Since its inception in 2016, Donations for Citations has delivered nearly 14,000 pounds of food and personal care items to the pantry. More than 1,000 people have participated over the past six years, making it one of BBP’s largest food drives.

“Our staff looks forward to the Donations for Citations program 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 $30 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. 

This year, BBP is asking for the following food and personal care items

Suggested Food Donation Items:

Cereal, instant oatmeal, granola bars, pop tarts or other grab-n-go breakfast items, boxed macaroni, noodles, pasta sauce, rice, canned meats such as chicken, tuna, beef, pork or vegetarian alternatives, individual cups of fruit or applesauce, shelf-stable microwave meals, peanut butter, condiments, jellies, shelf-stable salad dressing

Please note: Expired, damaged or opened donations will not be accepted. In addition, refrigerated items or those in glass containers will not be accepted.  

Suggested Personal Care Items:

Cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, hand sanitizer, body soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, tampons, sanitary pads, first aid or medical supplies

Please note: Expired, damaged or opened donations will not be accepted. No trial sizes, please.

If you have questions about Donations for Citations, please email UK Transportation Services or call the office at 859-257-5757.

The Big Blue Pantry is a part of the Office for Student Success's Student Well-Being Area. Visit the Pantry’s website for information about BBP hours of operation or to offer donations outside of this program. BBP has an online gift fund that allows the organization to accept monetary donations that are used to purchase food items. To discuss other ways you can contribute to the work of the pantry, contact Lance Poston at lance.poston@uky.edu

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