Kicker: Paying for parking tickets with PB&J

NICK EICHER, HOST: Here’s some news that might help you get out of a jam … especially if you have some jam or some jelly, and you’ll get my meaning in a minute.

At the University of Alaska, officials there have an innovative program for satisfying parking tickets. You can pay cash, check, credit card … or as campus parking services officer Glenna Muny told television station KTUU … you can pay with a good old PB&J.

You might ask why peanut butter and jelly? That was actually identified by the food bank as food bank gold.

That’s right, students can pay their parking tickets by donating food. Freshman student Gracie O’Farrel thinks it’s a great idea.

O’FARREL: It’s absolutely amazing because I haven’t paid them and I have like $150 bucks due.

MEGAN BASHAM, HOST: That’s nuts!

EICHER: Yeah! Peanuts. Five 16-ounce jars of jelly or peanut butter gets parking violators a $60 credit. And the food bank gets all of it to help students in need.

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Smucker’s Simply Fruit Strawberry is spread atop peanut butter. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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