Dec 082010
Authors: Allison Sylte

To alleviate the special sort of dread that comes along with the army of fluttering, yellow parking tickets that have plagued the windshields of certain campus drivers this holiday season, Colorado State University Parking Services has kicked off its bi-annual “Food for Fines” drive.

For the cost of one canned or non-perishable food item, students can reduce their parking tickets by $3 or lower the cost of a late ticket to its original amount. Students with multiple tickets can bring one item per ticket, and though multiple donations per citation are accepted, only one donation will count to lower the cost.

All of the donations gathered from this event go to the Food Bank for Larimer County.

“It has been a very successful program in years past, and it’s a great opportunity to help out the community, and to help out some of our students as well,” said David Bradford, the director of parking services.

“Food for Fines” began in 1998, after the Food Bank for Larimer County came to CSU Parking Services with a proposal to partner up. Since then, citation-ridden students have donated more than 12,000 pounds of food to the organization.

“This year, we’ve had our fair share of donations, but we would love to see people take a greater advantage of this program because in the end, it benefits everyone,” said Amanda Wambolt, an employee at campus parking services. “There are tons of people in need out there, and this is such an easy way to help out.”

“Food for Fines” goes until the end of finals week, and discounts will not be applied to students whose unpaid citations have already gone to their university account. Citations can be paid for with cash, check or credit card and can be paid at CSU Parking Services, which is located on the corner of Prospect Road and Center Avenue. It is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Getting a parking ticket is such a mundane, miserable thing,” said Julianna Woolums, a sophomore wildlife biology major. “Combining it with a little bit of community service makes it a lot more bearable.”

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