New state tax credit to boost fresh-food donations

Crop donation signing

More Colorado families will gain additional access to healthy, local foods. Gov. Hickenlooper signed the Colorado Charitable Crop Donation Act on Friday, May 30, at Adobe House Farm in Durango, surrounded by ranchers, farmers, emergency food providers and community members.

House Bill 14-1119 advanced from the House of Representatives and Senate, with widespread support under the dome and in Colorado communities. 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 and pantries.

The Colorado Charitable Crop Donation Act not only boosts local, fresh-food donations but provides struggling Coloradans with additional access to fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat.

HB14-1119 bill signing

Gov. Hickenlooper signs crop donation tax credit at Adobe House Farm in Durango.

With nearly one in six Coloradans facing a time when there’s not enough money to buy food, too many children, seniors and families lack access to the fuel needed for better, healthier lives. As lead supporter for HB14-1119 along with Feeding Colorado, Hunger Free Colorado saw this Act as an investment in our neighbors, community and state. It truly is a ‘win-win’ for Colorado’s agriculture communities, food banks, food pantries and community members who are impacted by hunger.

We would like to thank Gov. Hickenlooper for signing this bill into law, as well as Rep. McLachlan (D-Durango), Sen. Hodge (D-Brighton) and Sen. Roberts (R-Durango) for sponsoring the legislation, as well as Rep. Dore (R-Elizabeth) for co-sponsorship. We also would like to recognize those who supported the bill along with us: Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Nonprofit Association, Community Food Share, Food Bank for Larimer County, Food Bank of the Rockies, LiveWell Colorado, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Weld Food Bank. And, finally, we greatly appreciate Adobe House Farm and CSU-Extension, La Plata, for being gracious hosts for the bill signing in Durango.

Thanks, again, to all of those who contacted their legislators and voiced their support for this tax credit. Your efforts helped ensure that a boost to fresh-food donations will happen in Colorado, and we hope that you will continue to be advocates for a hunger-free Colorado.

 

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About Michelle Ray

Michelle is the Director of Communications for Hunger Free Colorado.

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