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COLUMBIA - No one likes getting a parking ticket, but a new program is looking to add a silver lining to that frustrating incident.

MU Parking is teaming up with Tiger Pantry for Donations for Citations. It allows you to donate food items to Tiger Pantry in exchange for a cheaper parking ticket.

“I’m pretty bad about making sure I don’t park in the no-permit zones, so I’ve gotten a few tickets,” MU student Magnolia Keil said.

There are restrictions to the plan. Donations for Citations is limited to three citations each year and a minimum of 10 non-perishable items. Even though the parking ticket can be reduced, it only works for tickets up to $25.

It only works on tickets for expired meters and parking in a spot without permission.

“I think it’s a great idea. I think it will work well and help kids be more conscious of helping the community as well as helping them not have to pay so much in parking tickets,” Keil said.

The director of the food pantry said she is glad to be partnering with the university.

“It’s just an opportunity to do something rather than just pay the money and not knowing where the money goes because it’s going to a good cause,” Olivia Rees said.

Keil said she is glad the university came up with this idea to help out the community.

“A lot of people have parking tickets, so I think it will be a great way to help out the community and involve Mizzou with the greater Columbia area,” Keil said.

MU’s Parking and Transportation Office will be collecting the items and keeping track of the amount of parking tickets received.

Students can only get a reduced parking ticket up to five days after receiving the ticket.

The program will begin June 1.