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You Can Pay for Parking Tickets with Canned Food

(Photo: Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader)

If you get a parking ticket in Lexington, Kentucky, you can pay your fine in canned goods. This program, which runs from November 16-December 18, is called "Food for Fines." 10 cans of food pay for $15 in fines. The food is distributed to local food banks for people in need this winter. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports:

"Last year, citizens brought in over 6,200 cans of food as payment for over 600 meter citations," said Gary Means, LexPark executive director. "We hope by opening the program up to all types of citations, we'll see the numbers increase."

The parking authority suggests large cans — 14-15 ounces — of fruits, vegetables, proteins and peanut butter. No out-of-date, damaged or open canned goods will be accepted.

God's Pantry will use the food to stock shelves at its four Lexington locations.

-via AP

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My parents' church (no, actually, it's God's church but my parents attend there) runs a food bank for the neighborhood and they sometimes get useless stuff like:
- one giant bag of shredded lettuce;
- a big case of parsley;
- a big bag of Starbucks unground coffee beans;
- a case of those little Keurig flavored coffees (not many homeless people have Keurig coffee machines).

The bulk perishables tend to go bad before they can be broken into non-restaurant sizes and distributed to people.
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Amen. What food banks really need are things no one thinks to give, or that cost more than the bare minimum of about 50 cents a can. If you want to help your local food bank, take them a case of peanut butter, tuna, chili con carne, spaghetti sauce, or if you really want to help, a large package of baby diapers. Or better yet, a $20 bill.
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