Feeding the Hungry… With Parking Fines

(AP) — Parking tickets can be paid with donations of canned food instead of cash during a monthlong “Food for Fines” program in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1HCs4T8) that the city’s parking authority will accept cans for citations from Nov. 16 to Dec. 18.

Those who donate 10 canned food items will receive a $15 credit on citations. Customers with multiple citations may bring in 10 cans per citation for the credits.

LexPark Executive Director Gary Means says citizens brought in more than 6,200 cans of food as payment during last year’s “Food for Fines” program.

The parking authority suggests large cans with vegetables and proteins. No out-of-date, damaged or open canned goods will be accepted.

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