Tampa City Council voted to find out more about the Food for Fines program. The proposal, if enacted, would allow people to pay part of their parking fines with a donation of non-perishable food between November 14,2016 through December 16, 2016. The idea was introduced to city council on April 7, 2016. At the May 5, 2016 meeting, Tampa City Council approved a motion to request city staff appear before Council on June 23, 2016 to explain the details of the Food for Fines program.
Lexington, Kentucky first adopted the program in 2014 to increase holiday donations to its local food banks. NPR reports it brought in more than 6,000 cans of donated food. For 10 cans of food, $15 was deducted from parking tickets in Lexington.
The City of Tampa Parking Department says a parking meter ticket in downtown Tampa, municipal garages or at Ben T. Davis Beach costs $25-$30 now. To pay your parking ticket, call 813-274-8179 or pay online through http://www.tampagov.net/Parking/Info