May 052010
 
Authors: Keeley Blakley

Got parking citations? Donate non-perishable food items and you can reduce your fines.

CSU Parking Service’s bi-annual Food for Fines program allows people to donate non-perishable food items in exchange for a $3 discount on any citation or a reduction of an elevated fine to its original amount.

Donations must be made at the time of payment in Green Hall by Friday, May 14. Only one discount will be given for each citation.

All the food collected will be donated to the Food Bank for Larimer County.

“We want to be involved in the community,” said Andy Bailey, a system administrator for CSU Parking Services. “There are definitely a lot of people who could use some help out there.”

Since the program began in 1998, CSU has donated more than 11,000 pounds of food. In 2009, the Parking Service collected more than 800 pounds of food during the Food for Fines program.

Korrie Johnston, communications manager at Food Bank for Larimer County, said that providing incentives increases participation in any food drive.

“Without donation contributions like those from CSU Parking Services, the food bank would be challenged to meet the increasing need of its clients,” Johnston said.

The Food Bank for Larimer County has asked specifically on their website for canned meals like chili or stew, peanut butter, canned tomatoes, canned fruit and cereal.

Taylor Schreck, a freshman zoology student, said allowing students to trade food for parking fine discounts is a good idea.

A lot of people end up with parking citations and getting a break on fines can be helpful, she said.

Parking Services wants to use the food drive to put a more friendly face on parking at CSU, Bailey said.

Eric Sainio, a student working on his master’s degree in history, said that it is doing just that by allowing people to contribute directly to the community.

Last year alone, the food bank was able to distribute 7.5 million pounds of food to residents in Larimer County because of local contributions, Johnston said.

“The incentive program is also another testament to Colorado State University’s continued commitment to giving back in Larimer County,” Johnston said.

Staff Writer Keeley Blakley can be reached at news@collegian.com.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

What: CSU Parking Service offers Food 4 Fines program
Who: Anyone with parking fines at CSU
When: Through Friday, May 14

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