Las Vegas Is Letting People Pay Off Parking Tickets As Food Donations Instead Of Cash

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On Wednesday, the Las Vegas city council announced that anyone getting a parking ticket over the next month is allowed to pay off the fine with a food donation in lieu of cash, CNN reports. This program is temporary and only applicable to parking citations received between October 16 and November 16, and the donations will only be accepted by the city until December 16—and within the 30 days of ticket receipt.

All the food will be sent to Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, which is a nonprofit that focuses on assistance to low income and disabled senior citizens. Food donated must be non-perishable and of equal or greater value to the ticket fine. The initiative is being used in part to collect food for the upcoming holiday season, according to the city’s press release.

In July of 2016, the Las Vegas City Council began experimenting with charitable donations in lieu of payment for parking fines and adopted an ordinance that has allowed for successful collections ever since. Over the summer, they accepted school supplies. There are some caveats to the program. Fines received due to public-safety issues are not eligible. So stay safe out there, and maybe just donate food to your local food bank because it’s the right thing to do.
Alison Sullivan

Written by Alison Sullivan