On a Wednesday at around 4 p.m., I saw at least one parking citation being given to an older model car that was parked at the spot closest to the door of the food bank.
While I agree with parking enforcement, to me this is going too far — targeting those who may least be able to afford a ticket.
The lines at the food bank can get extremely long and it would be very easy to not think of your meter expiring or fear losing your place in line to put money in. Some people may not be able to pay.
I thought at some point there was an amnesty for certain spots near the food bank so that you could park free during times when the food bank was open. I would hope the city would find compassion in this instance and not target this area for enforcement.
It would be one way that the city could support the low income population with a minimal cost/loss of revenue.
I must in this letter also commend the food bank.
They are efficient and tireless. The volunteers are friendly, caring and respectful. They have instituted a choice program where instead of just getting a bag of food you get to pick your groceries. They have also put a premium on getting fresh produce in people’s carts.
Both of these changes are welcome and increase the utility of the program. Thank you to all those who donate. Thousands depend on you.