Be An Advocate for Hunger!
Food Bank of the Rockies advocates to fight hunger both locally and on the national level through Feeding America. Please see updates below for ways you can help! Sign up for email alerts here.
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The America Gives More Act, HR 4719, would allow business owners to take an enhanced tax deduction when donating to a nonprofit. Without the policy improvements in the America Gives More Act, the majority of farmers and ranchers are not eligible for the current federal tax incentive. Can you contact Senator Benett and ask him to support the act, which has already passed with bipartisan support in the US House?
Here’s a sample letter you can mail or email to him.
The Honorable Senator Michael Bennet
458 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Dear Senator Bennet,
As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I’m counting on you to champion the America Gives More Act (HR 4719) in the Wyden/Hatch tax extender bill. The legislation permanently allows all business owners, large and small, to take an enhanced tax deduction when donating food to a nonprofit. Without the policy improvements in the America Gives More Act, the majority of farmers and ranchers are not eligible for current tax incentives. For instance, 95% of farmers/ranchers that are members of the American Farm Bureau Federation are sole proprietors, small business owners that use cash basis accounting and right now are not eligible for the enhanced food donation tax deduction.
I support Food Bank of the Rockies and HR4719 would greatly help their mission. The food bank feeds more than 400,000 Coloradans and every donation is critical to their mission. This legislation makes will help farmers, ranchers, and other donors contribute more of the 70 billion pounds of wholesome food currently being wasted. Other businesses with excess wholesome food that doesn’t meet retail specifications have no way to value this food so they can donate it – this legislation would fix that as well, making a huge difference in what we can donate to food banks. Please support the food donation tax deduction for us and make sure the America Gives More Act is included in the Wyden/Hatch tax extender bill.
Food Bank of the Rockies is joining with Feeding America and gearing up for Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) 2015.
We’ll need your help to make sure Congress passes a strong bill that advances our vision of a hunger-free America.
Every five years, Congress must reauthorize child nutrition programs. During this process, Congress will debate new funding levels, ways to strengthen and improve the programs, and develop new policies to make sure our nation’s children have access to healthy, nutritious food. The current bill, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, is set to expire on September 30, 2015.
What can you do to help?
You can help us shape the debate in Washington simply by lending your voice to this important matter. Make sure you are receiving our emails so we can contact you about the latest news coming from Congress and how you can get involved.
Here’s a sample letter:
One year from now, Congress will decide how to fund child nutrition programs and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. I’m writing to you today to let you know that I’ll be closely watching what you do because ending child hunger in America is an issue that’s near and dear to my heart.
Given that one-in-five households with children are food insecure, we can, and must, do better. Nobody should be hungry in America, and as a Member of Congress, you have an opportunity to make a real impact by passing legislation that ensures kids have enough to eat so they can thrive in the classroom and beyond.
As Congress begins to debate Child Nutrition Reauthorization, I hope you are willing to be a champion for our nation’s children, especially when they are not in school and no longer have access to school lunch and breakfast. You have an opportunity to take an important step towards building a stronger America by ensuring our nation’s kids have the fuel they need to succeed. I hope you take advantage of it.
Email to your Members of Congress to visit Food Bank of the Rockies through this easy form from Feeding America, so they understand what hunger looks like in their community. We encourage you to customize it in your own words.
Contact Congress through Feeding America’s hotline:
- Call our advocacy hotline at (888) 398-8702
- Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
- Connect to your Representative first. Once you are connected to your Representative, state that you are a constituent and give your name and your hometown. Be sure to give the name of the food bank or local agency you are affiliated with as well.
- Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver your message.
- Dial back in to make sure you talk to both of your Senators and your Representative.
Recruit others by spreading the word through your social media channels and share our posts for call-in day so others can help too.
Thanks for helping us be a voice for food banks and our neighbors in need at this critical time.
We appreciate your help!
Colorado HB14-1119 Helps Colorado Farmers, Ranchers and the Hungry
Governor Hickenlooper signed Colorado Charitable Crop Donation Bill into law May 30, 2014. The 25-percent tax credit will go into effect January 2015 and be offered to local producers who donate excess foods to Colorado food banks.
Thank you to all who helped make this tax credit for farmers and ranchers a reality. More hungry people will have nutritious local food to eat thanks to everyone who supported this legislation. House Bill 14-1119 advanced from the House of Representatives and Senate, with widespread support under the dome and in Colorado communities. Read the act here.
The Colorado Charitable Crop Donation Act not only will increase fresh-food donations from local producers but also provide struggling Coloradans with additional access to fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat products. 1 in 7 Coloradans face a time when there is not enough money to buy food.
Feeding Colorado—Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Community Food Share, Food Bank for Larimer County, Food Bank of the Rockies and Weld Food Bank—served as originating supporters for this legislation, along with tremendous support from Hunger Free Colorado, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Nonprofit Association, CSU-Extension, LiveWell Colorado and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. The bill was sponsored by Rep. McLachlan (D-Durango), Sen. Hodge (D-Brighton) and Sen. Roberts (R-Durango), and co-sponsored by Rep. Dore (R-Elizabeth).
“Passing the Colorado Charitable Crop Donation Act to help our agricultural industry provide additional food for the hungry is a ‘win-win’ for our entire community,” said Jim Baldwin, president of Feeding Colorado, the originating sponsor of the legislation. “Feeding Colorado is grateful for the bipartisan support of this bill and excited to be able to distribute more farm-fresh food through our programs and partner agencies.”
The Farm Bill Passes February 4, 2014
For three years, Feeding America, Food Bank of the Rockies and our fellow Feeding America member food banks and many constituents have fought tooth and nail to ensure that the Farm Bill protects hunger-relief programs and advances our mission of a hunger-free America.
Thanks to everyone’s efforts, we prevented the most harmful cuts, however, any reduction in SNAP benefits will have a significant impact. The $8.6 billion cut means that 850,000 SNAP recipients will lose an average of $90 in monthly benefits. That’s real food for families who are struggling.
Thank you for supporting our efforts in Washington to help hungry people.