6,000 canned goods collected in lieu of parking fines

 (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Instead of paying $30,000 in fines, illegal parkers at the University of Delaware donated canned foods during “Can for Cites” campaign.

Last month, UD Parking Services started accepting canned food items instead of cash for parking fines. Over the course of the past month, 700 citations were paid with food items.

The food drive, which wrapped up at the end of the school semester on Dec. 12, collected a total of 6,000 nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Food Bank of Delaware.

“The University community really came together to help us out with the program,” said Jenni Sparks, Parking Services manager. “It was great to see UD students and employees stop in to donate food items without owing citations.”

Sparks said the “Cans for Cites” drive will return next year.

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