'Food for Fines:' In Some Cities, Parking Tickets Drive Holiday Giving
Parking fines aren't usually the stuff of holiday cheer. But a few cities around the country are turning them into an opportunity to promote giving, letting drivers cover part or all of their fines with food donations.
Lexington, Ky., first adopted the program, called "Food for Fines," during the 2014 holiday season. There, 10 cans will knock $15 off a person's parking ticket. Last year, the program took in more than 6,000 cans of donated food that went to a local food bank, and it's on track to beat that haul this season, according to Gary Means, executive director of the Lexington Parking Authority.