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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In the wake of the Fort St. John City Council passing a motion on August 22nd to allow traffic bylaw tickets to be paid with food or cash, donations have been pouring in.

After just two weeks, two large boxes have been filled with food donations, while additional cash donations totalling over $900 have been received by the city. The initiative was proposed by Mayor Lori Ackerman in response to a presentation by the United Way of Northern BC, which reported 3446 community members had sought assistance from social service agencies this summer due to the economic downturn in the region.

“The response from the community has been astounding,” said Mayor Ackerman. “I have actually overheard someone say they hoped they would get a parking ticket. We are definitely a community that supports one another.”

Until September 23rd, residents paying traffic bylaw tickets are asked to pay with food or cash of equal value to the bylaw ticket office at City Hall.

At the end of the food drive, collected donations will be distributed to local area food banks.

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