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NMSU to allow students to pay parking fines with peanut butter during homecoming week

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EL PASO, Texas - A common condiment may soon get you out of a sticky parking situation at New Mexico State University.

That's because NMSU will allow students to pay unpaid parking fines for vehicles with no permit displayed with at least 80 ounces of peanut butter during Homecoming Week in late October. 

“If I got a citation, I would pay with peanut butter," said Julio Seanez, an NMSU student.

All peanut butter donations will go toward the Aggie Cupboard, which feeds students and faculty in need.

"Everybody loves peanut butter," said Meg Long, who works with NMSU's social services department. "It’s something that we need. We go through a lot. Compared to some of the other items, it’s a bit more expensive, so it can be challenging for us to buy.”

This semester, the Aggie Cupboard has fed close to 325 clients with 4,000 pounds of food.

“We are always in need," Long said.

The Aggie Cupboard will only be accepting peanut butter donations in lieu of parking tickets from October 23rd to October 27th, during Homecoming Week.

"You have a citation (and) you’re probably not happy about it," Long said. "But you can feel good about the fact that you’re helping students and the staff here."

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