University of Alaska allows parking fines to be paid via donations

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks can now pay for parking tickets with food donations.

Edward Tinajero explains the importance of the program to students in need (Carly Sjordal, KTVF)

The Office of Sustainability, the Student Government group A-S-U-A-F and Bursar's Office have created a program titled 'Forget the Fine.'

This program allows parking fines to be paid with food donations that are distributed to the Wood Center Food Pantry, The Food Bank and The Bread Line.

Edward Tinajero said that the program started in 2017 when the Busar's Office researched what other universities were doing to encourage students to pay their parking fines.

The program began with discounting parking tickets when donating items, but throughout the years it became accessible to pay more fines in full with donations.

"The program has been very successful so far. We're hoping to continue it in the years to come. Usually we try to look around and make sure we know what other events happening around campus for food drives -- that way we don't conflict with everyone's schedule. It's nice to be able to have one place, [...] the wood center food pantry. There's a bunch of students on campus that sometimes don't have enough food, so to to ahead and sustain them with food for the rest of the semester... we're always trying to help out those students," said Tinajero.

Tinajero reported that the Wood Center Food Pantry was especially looking for donations of proteins for those willing to donate -- parking ticket, or not.

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