MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WOOD) — Central Michigan University police are giving drivers a chance to eliminate parking tickets by feeding students in need.
Now through Dec. 7, CMU’s police and parking services departments will be accepting non-perishable food items in exchange for eliminating up to one parking ticket or reducing a citation by up to $35.
All tickets must be dated Nov. 19, 2018 or later to qualify for the Food for Fines program.
One request from police: “No ramen noodles please!”
While police say they’ll determine what each donation is worth at drop-off, they provided the following guidelines:
Category 1: $5 off for any three items
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit
- Boxed macaroni & cheese
- Packages of spaghetti noodles
Category 2: $10 off for any two items
- Pancake mix
- Boxed cereal
- Chunky soup
- Jar of spaghetti sauce
Category 3: $15 for any single item
- Six-pack of paper towels
- Six-pack toilet paper
All donations will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 3 through Dec. 7.
The donations will go to the CMU Student Food Pantry, which supports students facing food insecurity so they can ultimately achieve a degree.
Campus police also point out you don’t have to have a parking ticket to donate.