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Donate Cans to Pay a Parking Ticket!

The Cans for Citation Food Drive Supports the Red Hawk Pantry!

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This program allows Montclair State University students, faculty and staff to donate canned/non-perishable goods as payment for campus citations. Each canned, non-perishable item, dry good and personal hygiene item will be worth $10.00 toward one open citation.

The Details

  • Duration: The program runs Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, 2024.

When & Where

  • Parking Office: Please bring any donations Monday-Friday 8-4 p.m. to the Parking office located on Level 1 of the Red Hawk Deck.
  • Tabled Events: You can also bring items to our tabled events scheduled on:
    • Monday, March 18, 9-11 a.m., Student Center, 2nd Floor Lobby.
    • Tuesday, March 19, 1-3 p.m., Blanton Hall, Red Hawk Pantry.
    • Wednesday, March 20, 1-3 p.m., Student Center, 2nd Floor Lobby.
    • Thursday, March 21, 1-3 p.m., Blanton Hall, Red Hawk Pantry.
    • Friday, March 22, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Student Center, 2nd Floor Lobby.

BONUS: Get two citations removed if you bring your 2+ items to a tabled event held in the Red Hawk Pantry (March 19 or March 21).

How Does the Donation Work?

One canned or dry good is worth $10.00 toward one open citation. For example, a citation worth $50.00 may be paid using five (5) canned or dry goods items.

What to Donate


  1. Non-perishable foods
  2. Healthy items, such as whole grains, low-sugar cereals and low-sodium canned goods
  3. Pantry staples: peanut butter, soup, rice and shelf-stable milk
  4. Personal hygiene products


  1. Items past their expiration date (please check; you make more work for us if we have to dispose of your expired food)
  2. Dented, rusty, leaky cans or unlabeled cans
  3. Glass jars
  4. Open packages (exception: those with individually wrapped packets inside)

Most Needed Items for the Red Hawk Pantry

  1. Toilet paper/baby wipes
  2. Shampoo/conditioner
  3. Boxed cereal
  4. Bags of chip/snack
  5. Peanut butter/jelly
  6. School supplies
  7. Granola and cereal bars
  8. Mac N Cheese (both boxed and microwavable)
  9. Popcorn
  10. Applesauce / fruit cup
  11. Mayo / ketchup / mustard/salad dressings
  12. Deodorant
  13. Shaving cream
  14. Razors (unisex)
  15. Spaghetti Noodles/rotini/egg noodles/ linguine (Any pasta type)
  16. Sanitary pads
  17. Dish soap
  18. Laundry detergent
  19. Dryer sheets
  20. Canned /chili/beef stew/ravioli
  21. Can openers

Prohibited Citations

The following citations may not be dismissed as part of the program:

  • Tampering with University Equipment
  • Shared Permit or Boot Violation
  • Parking in Reserved Space, Grass, or Sidewalk
  • Parked in Fire Lane or PWD Space Violation


Please read our updated RFQs to avoid citations as well as other parking concerns.

For more information or questions please contact or 973-655-7580