via Lancaster Online, by Tim Stuhldreher, December 15, 2015

Elizabethtown College’s campus security department is very pleased with the results of its first holiday “Food for Fines” initiative, Director Andrew Powell said Tuesday.

The effort resulted in the collection of nearly 800 items for Elizabethtown’s Community Cupboard, a local food bank.

“We received numerous positive comments about it and several donations came in from people who did not have parking violations but still wanted to give back,” Powell said.

Taking its cue from a similar program in Lexington, Kentucky, the department allowed people issued parking tickets between Nov. 1 and Dec. 11 to pay with canned goods instead of cash.

Violators could discharge a $20 fine with 10 nonperishable goods and a $50 fine with 20 nonperishables.

The department collected 758 food items and 32 toiletry items, for a total of 790, in lieu of $1,330 in parking tickets. The items were delivered to the Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown on Friday.

“We will most likely be doing this next year and hopefully for years to come,” Powell said.