food-pantry-w-mayor.jpgLots of delinquent drivers in Salem, Massachusetts redeemed themselves last month by paying off their overdue parking tickets and donating canned foods to a local food pantry.

The city’s parking amnesty program  waived late fees in an attempt to close a midyear budget gap  and raised $28,333 while filling at least one truck full of food for St. Joseph Food Pantry.

(Read about the innovative idea in the Salem News)

Photo: Mayor Kim Driscoll, right, visits St. Joseph’s Food Pantry to see the food donated by residents paying overdue parking tickets. Courtesy photo

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