NMU to accept food donations instead parking ticket fines

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) (11/24/18) - Some people issued parking tickets from Northern Michigan University can keep cash in their pocket if they donate items to the school's food pantry.

Donations of a variety of items can reduce or eliminate a fine of up to $25, although no ramen noodles, please.

The value of items is determined at drop-off, but the Marquette campus offers options in categories ranging from $5 to $25.

The next donation date is Tuesday, which coincides with the National Day of Giving.

Tickets written since Aug. 1 are eligible.

The Food 4 Fines program is similar to efforts elsewhere connected to parking or library fines.