University lets students donate peanut butter to pay off parking ticket
Students at New Mexico State University will have the ability to donate Peanut Butter to pay off parking tickets. For more on the story here is Zachary Devita
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Some students at New Mexico State University who find themselves in a sticky situation with a parking ticket will be able to pay their way out later this month with jars of peanut butter.
The offer from New Mexico State's Transportation & Parking Services department is available to the first 100 students, faculty and staff who received a citation for parking without a permit. It will benefit the food pantry, the Aggie Cupboard, at the university with about 25,000 students in southern New Mexico.
While the program available during 真人百家家乐官网网站homecoming Week from Oct. 23 to 27 doesn't specify a preference for creamy or crunchy, officials do want at least 80 ounces to negate the ticket, about a $10 donation. That's a bargain considering the fee generally totals $35.
New Mexico State students aren't the first to be allowed to pay off parking fines with peanut butter:
► Sept. 4: University of Alaska-Anchorage has allowed students to pay parking tickets with jars of peanut butter and jelly for 10 days each year to help replenish its local food pantry.
• University of Texas-San Antonio officials heard about that program and borrowed it, kicking off its fall semester for the past three years by allowing students, faculty and staff with $50 or $100 tickets for parking without a proper permit to pay off their bills with 40- and 80-ounce jars.
• This year Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., created four tiers of goods eligible for its Food4Fines program to wipe out parking citations accumulated since Aug. 16. Friday is the final day to donate, the Grand Valley Lanthorn reported.
► July 12: National Peanut Board, the jars can stay on a food-bank shelf for a long time without going rancid — New Mexico State specifically says no expired items can be donated. Peanut butter also is a nutritious form of protein for those who aren't allergic, and jars are among the most requested items from food banks.
Those who have racked up a pile of parking tickets or who are appealing their fines are out of luck. The offer is one per customer for those who've decided they're guilty, university officials said.
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