Canned food drive excusing parking citations in Savannah

Canned food drive excusing parking citations in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The City of Savannah Parking Services will be hosting a canned food drive for America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and will excuse parking citations for anyone who brings a donation.

The food drive will be held from Dec. 9 to Dec. 13. You can bring your donations to the Bryan Street Garage on those days from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking Services will excuse up to five citations for overtime on a meter or in a time zone. A donation of five cans will excuse one citation.

They will also excuse an unlimited number of other citations. Those include street sweeping, fire hydrant, or expired tag citations. It also takes a five can donation to dismiss one citation. Any late fees incurred still must be paid.

Red light citations will not be excused. Anyone wanting to donate to excuse a citation must also have their license plate number with them.

The last time the City held a cans for tickets food drive, they forgave more than $100,000 worth of citations.

Storage at the parking office had become an issue though, so this year, their director says they’re doing things a little different.

“We’ve got a system set up whereby we are sending everything that we collect on a daily basis to America’s Second Harvest so that it does not have to store here overnight. So food is not going to stay here overnight at the end of the day everyday, we move it to Second Harvest. Which is why we actually close a little bit early during this week, 4:30,” Director of Mobility and Parking Sean Brandon.

On the first day the City says they filled up one truck - 27 boxes worth of canned goods that are going to America’s Second Harvest. They do recommend that you do get out here earlier in the week instead of waiting until Friday to come, because they say it will get very busy.

Ramen noodles and any expired items will not be accepted.

The requested donations include peanut butter, canned meat and protein like tuna, chicken, salmon, ham or ravioli, soups, and canned vegetables.

Those planning to donate cans may call Parking Services at (912) 651-6470 to find out what citation discount they can receive. Customers must provide their license plate number(s).

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