Expired parking meters are helping feed the hungry in Kentucky.
For the second year in a row, people in Lexington can pay their parking fines with canned goods for local food banks.
Parking violators can donate 14-15 ounce cans of food for a typical $15 dollar parking fine. If it’s a more expensive infraction, the city’s parking authority is willing to accept even more cans.
The “Food for Fines” program runs through December 15.
In 2015 alone, the innovative effort took in 6,200 cans of food for more than 600 citations — worth about $14,000. Collectively, the program has gathered about 16,000 meals, which is about 24,500 cans of food weighing 12 tons.
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