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‘Food for Fines’ allows Notre Dame community to settle parking fines with donations

In an article posted to NDWorks Tuesday, Notre Dame Parking Services announced it is bringing back its “Food for Fines” holiday food drive for the first time since 2019.

From Monday through Dec. 16, instead of paying outstanding parking citation balances, members of the Notre Dame community can bring in nonperishable food or personal hygiene items to Hammes Mowbray Hall during normal business hours — 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Donations benefit the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. 

According to NDWorks, there is no limit to the number of items a person can donate, but parking citations must be “paid” in full.

“Student donations will not count toward any citation that has already been forwarded to a student account, so student donations must be made within 10 days of the citation,” the NDWorks article said.

NDWorks also included a list of items that may be donated. All items must be unopened, in their original packaging and not expired.  

The following food items are worth $5 toward a citation:

  • Canned food (vegetables, meats, tuna, beans — 10 oz or larger)
  • Peanut butter, nut butter (16 oz or larger)
  • Macaroni and cheese (5 oz or larger)
  • Starches including rice, spaghetti, macaroni, egg noodles (16 oz or larger)
  • Canned soup (10 oz or larger)
  • Condiments including ketchup and mustard (13 oz or larger)

The following non-food items are worth $10 toward a citation (full-size only):

  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner 
  • Body wash  
  • Toothpaste (two or more)
  • Cleaning wipes  
  • Deodorant (two or more)
  • Box of pads (pack of 32 or more)
  • Box of tampons (pack of 32 or more)

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