Nobody likes to get a parking ticket, but a new program is allowing people to pay their fines in a unique way.

For the next three weeks, EasyPark is letting people pay their parking tickets with food, which the agency plans to donate to the Food Bank of Alaska.

EasyPark spokeswoman Melinda Gant said the program is proving very popular in the week that it's been up and running. Already, she said, the agency has collected food worth about $1,000 in parking citations. Gant said there's no limit to how many fines customers can pay with food, and it doesn't matter if the tickets were from last week or last year. 

"If a customer has parking citations in collections, we will pull those from collections," said Gant. "They can make their payment and wipe their slate clean from any parking citation history."

Gant said the agency contacted the Food Bank to find out the most wanted items. She gave several examples of what would count for a typical $20 ticket: 10 boxes of mac and cheese, four large cans of Spam or two cases of Top Ramon noodles.

The food must be dropped off at the Easy Park office at 5th Avenue and B Street.

The program runs in Anchorage until Sept. 15. The Fairbanks Parking Authority plans to start a similar program that will run for the entire month of September.