For almost a decade, the Old Town Police Department has not only accepted, cash checks or credit cards to pay off parking tickets, but cans too!

Daniel Deitschel

According to a post put up on their Facebook Page earlier this week, since 2016 anyone who has an outstanding parking ticket in Old Town has had the opportunity to donate canned food and have their parking tickets marked as paid.

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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

"In lieu of your $20 parking ticket fee, you can donate $10 of non-perishable food items! These food items are collected at the Police Department and they are distributed throughout the community."

Old Town Deputy Police Chief, Lee Miller, says Sgt. Jim Faron came up with the idea a few years back and they've offered this option to citizens every year since.

"We see an uptick in parking tickets this time of's a great way to give back to the community."

A police office on the side of the road as he writes a ticket.

Lee says the uptick in tickets comes as folks get used to the winter parking bans across the city. He says an average parking ticket is $20, so if they choose to donate non-perishables instead, they're saving a bit of money.

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All you have to do to take advantage of this program is to bring your canned goods donations and your parking ticket to the Old Town Police Department at 150 Brunswick St. between 7 AM and 3:30 PM. The officer on duty at the desk with void out the parking ticket and mark it as paid with a food donation.

Miller says he's happy to give folks a break while just after the holiday season, as folks help others out in the process. It's a win-win situation.

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