CMU police waiving parking fines for food donations

Michigan
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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
  • Syrup
  • 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.

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