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Help Protect Charitable Giving Tax Incentives

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Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is asking our supporters to also be our advocates, as we confront a challenge that has the potential to discourage the charitable giving that we rely on.

The charitable giving tax deduction provides a vital incentive to encourage giving to nonprofit organizations, including the Food Bank and many of our member agencies. Proposed changes to the charitable tax deduction, such as limitations on the deduction for specific taxpayers, are likely to result in a drop in giving at a time when food banks are struggling to serve people trying to feed themselves and their families. In addition, the food donation tax deduction provides a valuable and needed incentive to encourage donations of excess food to help feed people in need of nutritional assistance. Since its inception in 1976 and expansion in 2006 to include small businesses, this tax provision has proven to be an effective way of encouraging companies to donate excess nutritious food.

Both of these vital incentives for giving are at risk of elimination as the Senate Finance Committee begins to address tax reform. Both of Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators serve on this committee.

The Food Bank needs you to take action --- please take a few minutes out of your day to make two quick telephone calls:

Call Senator Casey at 412-803-7370

Call Senator Toomey at 412-803-3501

Then deliver this simple message:

“As your constituent, I ask you to do all that you can as a member of the Senate Finance Committee to protect the charitable and food donation tax deductions. Without these incentives there will be a drop in donations of food and funds to charitable food assistance providers throughout Pennsylvania.”

Pennsylvania needs the continued partnership of nonprofit, business and government to help the too many residents of our community at risk of hunger. For the last few years, food banks have been doing much more with much less. We are struggling to keep up. A significant amount of the food that we distribute is made possible by donations from food manufacturers, retailers, produce growers and restaurants. All of these donations, as well as generous donations from individuals, are essential for the Food Bank’s continued ability to serve our community.

It is absolutely critical that Congress include these important giving incentives in tax reform legislation as it moves forward. Thank you for taking the time to let our U.S. Senators know how important these tax incentives are to helping feed our neighbors in need.