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Anyone with fines owed to Helena’s municipal court will have an opportunity to pay them down using canned food instead of cash Friday.

During the Food for Fines event scheduled for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday in the courthouse parking lot, each can of food will count for $5 in fines. Each participant can use canned food to pay off up to $100 in fines.

All of the donated food will go to Helena Food Share, which will have a team in place with volunteers from Big Sky Bail Bonds to assist in receiving donations. Those who aren’t able to cover all of their fines by donating canned food can speak to a representative of Big Sky Bail Bonds to discuss options.

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Those who can’t make it to the Food for Fines event can delegate another person to make a donation for them, specifying whose account will be credited for the food. All receipts for Food for Fines must be immediately presented to the office for the municipal court following the donation to count toward unpaid fines.

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This will be the fifth year Food for Fines has happened in conjunction with the City of Helena Municipal Court, Big Sky Bail Bonds and Helena Food Share.

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