Food 4 Fines

Food 4 Fines

Parking Services is partnering with Replenish food pantry to host Food 4 Fines. This program allows Lakers to pay towards parking citations (up to 2 citations) by donating needed items to Replenish. Donations are accepted at Parking Services on the Allendale campus only, but you may pay towards citations from Pew campus too. This donation program will run from Monday February 12 - Friday March 2. If interested, please refer to the details below for valid donations and their values. ADA, Fire Lane, Building Entrance, Fraudulent Permit violations, and citations that have been sent to Student Accounts or Collections will not be valid for donations.




High Demand

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Toilet Paper
  • Pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Cereal
  • Canned Tuna 
  • Granola Bars

Please call Replenish at 616-331-7867 or the Center for Women and Gender Equity at 616-331-2748 for information on highly needed items. Replenish is located in Kirkhof room 0074.

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Approved Donation List


  • *Due to overabundance and limited space, green beans, corn, mac & cheese, and instant noodles will not be accepted.
  • **Personal Care items may not include Trial/Travel sizes.
  • Approved item donations and cash/check donations can dismiss up to 2 citations and cannot dismiss citations that have already been paid previously.
  • Toxic Charity (opened, punctured, expired, home-packaged/home-cooked, or goods dirtied from spillage) cannot be accepted.
    • Expired - cannot be past the labeled due date
  • Items must be in their original packaging.
  • ADA, Fire Lane, Building Entrance, Fraudulent Permit violations, and citations that have been transferred to Student Accounts or Collections are not valid for donations.
  • We will round up item weight to the nearest whole number (i.e. 15.5 oz items will be considered 16 oz).

We highly appreciate healthy donations. Remember that these donations go to our community. Please do not donate anything you wouldn't eat.

Items are classified into Tiers and the amount towards paying a citation depends on the Tier of the item. Tiers increase in value and in weight.

We appreciate your donations and you may donate as much as you would like. However, donations over the citation fees will not be credited/refunded. 

Click on the colored buttons to view the complete printable list of approved items and their values.

Tier 1 ( $3 ) 

1 oz - 16 oz:

  • Brown Rice
  • Whole Grain Pasta
  • Canned Fruit in Light Syrup or 100% Juice
  • *Canned Vegetables  ( Low-Sodium Preferred )
  • Fruit Jam/Jelly  ( Low-Sugar Preferred )
  • Canned Fish, Chicken, Beans
  • Dried Beans, Lentils
  • Nuts, Peanut Butter  ( unsalted preferred )
  • Cereal - Sugar Content greater than 10g per cup


Tier 1 Personal Care**:

  • Bar soap ( Per individually packaged bar )
  • Tube of toothpaste ( $12 for 4 pack ), Toothbrush

Tier 2 ( $5 )

1 oz - 16 oz:

  • Cereal - Sugar Content 10g or less per serving cup
  • Oatmeal
  • Dried Fruit

17 oz - 24 oz: Tier 1 items


Tier 2 Personal Care**:

  • Toilet Paper 4-pack  ( $15 for 12-pack )
  • Stick/Can Deodorant
  • Shampoo and Conditioner

Tier 3 ( $7  or $10) 

$7 items:


  • Quinoa
  • Couscous

+17 oz:  Tier 2 items

+25 oz:  Tier 1 items


$10 items (Not accepted in smaller quantities) :

  • Laundry Detergent for +25 loads or +40 oz 
  • Pads ( More than 32 in package )
  • Tampons ( More than 32 in package )

Food 4 Fines FAQ

Each individual can only use F4F on 2 citations and cannot be applied to ADA, Fire Lane, Building Entrance, or Fraudulent Permit violations. Also, citations that have been transferred to Student Accounts or Collections cannot be covered using this program.

A tier is a group of items that we assigned monetary value towards a citation, the value of your donation does not depend on how much you spend.  Each item of one tier is worth the same value.  We value items more depending on their weight.  For example a 10oz. bag of rice is a Tier 1 item ($3) but a 20oz. bag is a Tier 2 item ($5).  We also value healthy donations! Cereal is separated into two Tiers by their sugar content.

It doesn't have to! We will apply the value of your donation towards the citation and you can pay the rest with card or cash.

Yes, as long as the items are individually packaged and can be individually separated and stored. Please remember, these items are for individual Lakers. Some bulk packages will count as one. For example, a 4 pack of toilet paper counts as one item.

No, we base the donation value off the Tier of the item and not the value that you bought it at.

Yes, each item is assigned a tier and you may mix and match different values to cover your citation.

Yes! That's the exact positive impact of Food 4 Fines that we hope to achieve.

Example Scenario

Sally received a parking citation for $35.00. Rather than paying cash for the citation, Sally wants to help fellow Lakers and pay with the Food 4 Fines program.

In order to pay the $35.00 fine, Sally could buy:  

     Four 16 oz bags of quinoa (Tier 3, $7 each) and two cans of deodorant (Tier 2, $5 each)


     Seven 16 oz containers of oatmeal (Tier 2, $5 each) 

No Fine? No Problem! Parking Services welcomes outside donations too!

Page last modified February 8, 2018