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The UK community responded in large numbers to this year’s Donations for Citations spring drive.

540 people made the decision to start spring with a clean slate, while benefitting UK’s Big Blue Pantry (BBP) at the same time.

At least 2,831 pounds of food and personal care items were donated during the two-week drive. In fact, so much was contributed that BBP was able to share some of the collected canned goods with other area food banks.

This is the ninth year for the Donations for Citations program, which helps stock BBP’s shelves. Since its inception in 2016, Donations for Citations has become the Pantry’s largest contributor. 

The drive enables those UK students and employees who have a parking citation to pay their fee by donating to the Pantry, an on-campus organization that works to combat hunger and food insecurity. This year’s spring drive began on February 26 and ran through March 8.

“For this drive, we requested some specific food and personal care items and once again, the UK community came through in a big way,” said Andrew Perkins, manager of BBP. “We continue to be grateful for this partnership with Transportation Services.”

BBP accepts donations from the campus community year-round. Visit the Pantry’s website for information about hours of operation or to offer donations outside of this program.

BBP also has an online gift fund which allows the organization to accept monetary donations that are used to purchase food items. 

Blue Background with white text stating there were "540 Participants and Donations equal to 2831.2 pounds" for this D4C drive