Many thought it was an April Fool's prank when the University of Florida's president announced that people cited for parking violations on campus over the past year could get amnesty by donating food.
However, just last week, nearly 2,000 people learned it indeed was not a prank!
According a tweet from Fuchs, nearly 2,000 citations were dismissed in exchange for 9,455 canned food donations. That is unbelievable!
The "Food for Fines" program applied to all unpaid parking citations issued by the University of Florida Office of Transportation and Parking Services between April 1st, 2017 and April 1, 2018. Donations included toiletries, canned and boxed nonperishable foods, baby formula and diapers. Participants needed to bring in at least five items per citation and there was no limit on the amount of citations that could be forgiven.
The canned food donations will head for the shelves of the school's Field and Fork Pantry.
Here are some videos posted by the official university's social media pages:
This is such a program. It teaches the great value of turning your negative into a positive in life. I hope to see more schools follow!