In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the West Virginia University Parking Office isgivingthose with unpaid citations a break.

During the week of Dec. 48, anyone with an unpaid citation can have one $10 parking ticket or two $5 parking tickets (except violations for handicap parking) excused in exchange for three canned goods weighing 10 ounces or more or three bags of dry goods.

Examples of acceptable non-perishable items include noodles, beans, cereal, rice, Jell-O and paper products. Food will not be accepted past the expiration date.

Items should be delivered to the Parking Office located in the Prete Building, 3040 University Avenue. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This program began five years ago after we were approached by students and a local food bank,said Bob Roberts, director, Public Safety and Transportation.We determined this would be a good way to help them both.

All food collected will be distributed to local non-profit organizations. Last year, the program received and donated 3,412 cans and 188 dry food items.