December 10, 2014

During the holiday season, people look to the end of the year for donations for tax deductions.  What about businesses including farmers who donate food?

Currently, small businesses like farmers, grocery stores and restaurants only have a temporary tax incentive for donating food  -  an incentive that expired at the end of 2013 and Congress is set to renew only for three weeks – it will expire again at the end of 2014. 

New legislation, H.R. 5806, has been introduced that would renew and make permanent charitable giving tax incentives that include critical provisions making it easier for farmers and small businesses to donate food to food banks.  Making these important tax incentives permanent is crucial to our efforts to capture more of the 70 billion pounds of nutritious food wasted each year.

Not only will this act protect these businesses, but will help conversation efforts and reduce food waste. Much surplus food donations that could go to food banks could be lost to landfills by potential donors without this protection.  A vote is scheduled for December 11, so we need your immediate action!

What can you do? We need you to tell Congress to quickly pass The Supporting America’s Charities Act (#HR5806).  Here is how:

  1. Just dial our toll free number, (888) 398-8702, listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
  2. Connect to your Representative first, state that you are a constituent, and give your name.
  3. Let them know you are calling about food donation and charitable giving tax legislation and deliver this important message:

As your constituent, I am calling you today to ask you to pass the charitable tax extenders (HR 5806) as a stand-alone bill before Congress adjourns for the year.  This legislation would help ensure food banks have the food and the funds needed to continue supporting those in need in our community.

4. Be sure to dial back in and speak with both of your senators and your representative.

The holiday season can be stressful for people who are struggling to make ends meet. Let’s ensure that our nationwide network of food banks has as many resources possible to address that need.




Tags: Hunger in the News , Advocacy

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