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New congressional legislation could help feed more South Georgians

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Legislation expected to be taken up by the U.S. Senate next week could have a big impact on Second Harvest food bank. That could, in turn, have a huge impact on helping feed South Georgians in need.

The House has passed legislation that would extend the current tax credits for farmers who already qualify to receive tax breaks for their donations to food banks.

But Second Harvest's Chief Marketing Officer said there is a chance that the Senate will add language to the legislation that would allow smaller farmers who don't currently qualify to receive those same tax breaks.

Georgia Ag Commissioner Gary Black said adding this language should be a no-brainer for Congress."Perhaps advance a principle of helpin' farmers and helpin' hungry people and hopefully we'll see more movement on this subject," Black stated in a phone with WALB Friday afternoon.

"We will see a huge impact, a huge increase, in the number of farmers who participate because they will then qualify for that tax incentive," said Second harvest Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall.

There is, of course, no guarantee that the Senate will pass the House's legislation, let alone add the language to it. But Second Harvest estimates that one in four South Georgians can't afford the food they need, and the new legislation would go a long way towards changing that.

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