In the past month, two bills have been introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly calling for increased funding for Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits.
How NAP Tax Credits Help the Food Bank
The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) is a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The NAP tax credits provide a powerful incentive for farmers, food retailers and other Pennsylvania corporations to donate food and funds to charitable food assistance providers such as our food bank. Last fiscal year, the tax credits provided to the Food Bank through the NAP Charitable Food Program leveraged the donation of 1.8 million pounds of grocery products and over $477,000 in financial contributions. While these resources are greatly needed and much appreciated, the tax credits allocated to our food bank have diminished over the past several years, even as the demand for both our services and these credits has increased.
Pennsylvania Legislators Support Strengthening the NAP
House Bill 645 was introduced on February 28 by Representative O’Neill. HB 645 would increase the amount available for NAP tax credits from the current $18 million to $36 million. Senate Bill 512, which would have the same effect, was introduced on March 10 by Senators Fontana and Reschenthaler.
The Food Bank extends its sincere gratitude to the following members of the PA House of Representatives from our food bank’s service area who supported the House bill as a co-sponsor:
- Rep. Dom Costa
- Rep. Tony DeLuca
- Rep. Ed Gainey
- Rep. Bill Kortz
- Rep. Jim Marshall
- Rep. Robert Matzie
- Rep. Mark Mustio
- Rep. Donna Oberlander (Caucus Secretary)
- Rep. Adam Ravenstahl
- Rep. Harry Readshaw
- Rep. Dave Reed (Majority Leader)
- Rep. Chris Sainato
The Food Bank extends its sincere gratitude to the following members of the PA Senate from our food bank’s service area who supported the Senate bill as either a prime sponsor or co-sponsor:
- Senator Wayne Fontana (prime sponsor)
- Senator Guy Reschenthaler (prime sponsor)
- Senator Camera Bartolotta
- Senator Jim Brewster
- Senator Jay Costa (Democratic Leader)
- Senator Patrick Stefano
- Senator Elder Vogel, Jr.
Help Us Thank These Legislators
Do you live in the district of one of these legislators? Send them a note to thank them for their support. You can use the contact form listed on their website, or tweet the message below. Don’t forget to tag your legislator in your tweet.
Thank you for sponsoring HB 645 to increase NAP tax credits. #constituent @PghFoodBank supporter TWEET THIS to your PA House member
House members’ handles: @RepDomcosta, @RepGainey, @RepBillKortz, @RepMarshall, @RobMatzie, @RepMustio, @repdonna, @RepARavenstahl, @RepReedPA, @RepSainato
Thank you for sponsoring SB 518 to increase NAP tax credits. #constituent @PghFoodBank supporter TWEET THIS to your PA Senate member
Senate members’ handles: @WayneDFontana, @reschenthaler, @senbartolotta, @SenatorBrewster, @Senatorcosta, @SenatorStefano, @SenElderVogelJr