Now that the election is over, Congress will return to Washington to finish its remaining business. We expect extending several expiring tax provisions to be high on the priority list of both parties. Our goal is to ensure that the food donation tax deduction (HR 4719) is included in the final package that Congress puts together. We need to show Congress that food banks, agencies, and donors support this legislation and articulate the positive impact it will have on our ability to serve our community.
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- Just dial our toll free number, (888) 398-8702, listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
- Once you are connected to your senators first, state that you are a constituent, and give your name and the town you are calling from.
- Let them know you are calling about food donation tax legislation and deliver this important message:
Senator/Representative, please include the America Gives More Act (HR 4719) in tax legislation this year. The legislation improves tax incentives for food donation and would help farmers, small businesses, and other donors to donate more food to food banks and other local charities. We waste 70 billion pounds of food in this country, and yet nearly 47 million Americans are turning to food banks for help. You can help St. Mary’s Food Bank get more food to those in need in our community by passing food donation legislation before the end of the year.
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