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Small farmers get tax break to donate food

A newly signed legislation may ensure food banks have enough food on their shelves to help those in need. A newly signed legislation may ensure food banks have enough food on their shelves to help those in need.
Eliza McCall Eliza McCall
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A newly signed legislation may ensure food banks have enough food on their shelves to help those in need.  

Starting next year, small businesses will receive the same tax incentives as large corporations for donating excess food.

One in three children in South Georgia live in homes where having enough food is a struggle every day. And many families in the area depend on food banks to provide nutrition.

This bill has significant wins for the Feeding America network including charitable food donation expansions. 

Now, small farmers, ranchers, and other small businesses will receive the same tax incentives as large corporations for donating excess food to food banks like Second Harvest of South Georgia.

The agreement will not only expand, but also make the food donation tax deduction permanent. "We anticipate an increase in specifically the amount of produce that we get donated every year," said Second Harvest of South Georgia Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall. "It absolutely affects how much we get in donations overall."

Before the bill was passed, Second Harvest said the incentive to donate from small businesses was not advantageous, so most donors were selling food to retailers instead of donating excess food. 

But now, Second Harvest hopes this change will maximize food donations and reduce barriers to donating.

These changes will go into effect January 1, 2016.

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