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Reed Fighting Hunger Incentive Act

Written By: Kellie Meyer

Reed announces his Fighting Hunger Incentive Act.

Reed Fighting Hunger Incentive Act

May 27, 2014

ELMIRA (WENY) -- Congressman Tom Reed stopped by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier Tuesday morning to announce his Fighting Hunger Incentive Act.
     His bill is what he calls common sense tax reform policy. It allows people to take advantage of the tax deduction of donating their excess food to places like the Food Bank. Restaurants, grocery stores, farmers and other businesses can all contribute. In 2006 this was introduced as a temporary measure. But expired at the end of 2013.
     Congressman Reed said, "doing it on a temporary basis I think is part of the problem. We need to make this sound policy permanent in the tax code and I'm optimistic we'll get it to the finish and allow people to take advantage of the tax deduction that would encourage them to use the food rather than put it in the landfill."
     "Given the level of need that we have here in the Southern Tier we should be turning over every rock that we can to get as much food as we can to help meet the need and I think this is definitely one of those things and helps us achieve our goal of ending hunger here in our community," said Food Bank of the Southern Tier President Natasha Thompson.
     Reed says this bill is one of 89 being considered, but he is hopeful it will get done.