Tom Reed Attends Foodlink Mobile Truck Food Delivery
Today Tom Reed joined Foodlink at one of their Mobile Food Trucks and helped out at their curbside market. Foodlink’s curbside markets provide access to fresh food at a reduced rate to help build healthier communities.
Reed spoke with staff members about his Fighting Hunger Incentive Act, which incentivizes restaurants, grocery stores, farmers and other businesses to contribute their excess inventory to local food banks and pantries by permanently extending the food inventory donation tax provision that expired at the end of last year. Instead of wasting the food, Reed’s bill provides a tax deduction over the cost of the goods if the food is donated to a charitable organization.
“We have an opportunity with these initiatives to care for Americans in need and really have a positive impact as we invest in the communities we live and work in,” Reed said. “Organizations like Foodlink, help provide the education and access to healthy foods our underserved communities deserve.”
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 14 percent of households in the United States were unable to provide enough food for their families at some point during the last year.
Foodlink is a regional food hub and the Feeding America food bank serving Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties, whose operations target the root causes of hunger. They do this by distributing food to a network of human service agencies, serving meals through our commercial kitchen, and offering more than 30 food-related programs.