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Donations for Citations Stocks Big Blue Pantry's Shelves With 2,500 Pounds of Goods

Photo courtesy of Becca Kouba

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2017) For the second year, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) accepted donations of nonperishable goods over a two-week period in exchange for waiving one regular parking citation of $25 or less under the Donations for Citations program. The goods were donated to Big Blue Pantry, an on-campus resource which assists UK students who are experiencing food insecurity or hunger.

The program was once again a resounding success, resulting in nearly 2,500 pounds of items donated. Through Donations for Citations, participants donated 2,156 pounds of food and 280 pounds of personal care items.

“Our customers are very enthusiastic about participating in Donations for Citations,” said Chrissie Tune, communications officer for UK Parking and Transportation Services. “It provides them with a way to give back that helps others within the campus community.”

A total of 300 individuals participated in this year’s edition of Donations for Citations — 183 students, 92 employees, and 25 visitors.

According to Big Blue Pantry student director Becca Kouba, Donations for Citations provides a tremendous benefit to the pantry’s mission. “Not only does someone get to clear a parking citation, but it also engages people who may not have known about Big Blue Pantry otherwise,” she said. ”It promotes giving attitudes and fills our shelves, which directly benefits our patrons.”