“Ton in Ten” food drive waives UAA parking fines

Jars of donated peanut butter and jelly help the needy and help students eliminate tickets. (Photos courtesy of Danielle Dixon)

The seventh annual “Ton in Ten” canned food drive, where students can trade in jars of peanut butter and jelly for parking ticket reimbursement, is finally here again.

Danielle Dixon, the program and event coordinator for the Office of Student Advising and Advocacy, has been involved with Ton in Ten since its early years.

“I started out just designing the 2008 poster for Ton In Ten and have been actively involved since the drive,” Dixon said.

In the program’s first year, 650 pounds of food was donated — just from parking tickets students didn’t want to pay.

“We get really positive feedback every year from students,” Dixon said.

Students can donate peanut butter or jelly for parking ticket reimbursements as long as the tickets have not been transferred to a UAA account.

Fire lane and handicap citations are municipal code violations and are not eligible for Ton in Ten waivers.

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An eligible jar must be at least 16 ounces and cannot be made of glass, because of safety issues.

If a ticket is $35, it can be waived for three jars, with a total of 48 ounces or more, to waive citations. If it’s $60, it requires six jars with a total of 96 ounces or more. to waive citations.

Up to two parking tickets can be waived with donations.

Ton in Ten will also be collecting goods all over campus, for those who would like to help but do not have parking citations.

“There will be 22 departments hosting the trashcans for the food drive,” Dixon said.

Collected goods will benefit the UAA food cache and non- profit organizations.

Ton in Ten officially started Nov. 5 and will run until Nov. 15.

Peanut butter and jelly can be brought to the Parking Services counter, located in the basement of the Campus Bookstore. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For questions specifically about parking services, call 907- 786-1119. For general questions about the food drive, contact Dixon at 907-786-4416.