ICYMI: Rep. Reed Food Bank Press Conference
Congressman Tom Reed is fighting hunger. Earlier today he held a press conference at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to highlight the positive impact his Fighting Hunger Incentive Tax Act will have on our region’s food banks and charities. Speakers included Natasha R. Thompson, President & CEO, Food Bank of the Southern Tie, Rick Reisinger, a Watkins Glen farmer, and Asher Terwilliger, President of the Chemung County Farm Bureau.
Congressman Reed released the following statement:
“I am humbled to support legislation that works to meet the needs of those in our community who suffer from hunger. My bill provides a direct benefit to our area charities and food banks – like the Food Bank of the Southern Tier – which provide a critical link in our community safety-net. By incentivizing businesses to donate their food rather than dump it in a landfill, we are helping ensure needed meals are given to those dealing with the awful reality of hunger.
I fought hard for this legislation because, like you, I care about whole community and including those in need. Fighting for the poor is something we can all agree with, and giving them a meal is just common sense. Bringing together business and charity for the benefit of our community is something I am happy to do.”
“With 1 in 4 residents of the Southern Tier receiving some form of assistance from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier each year, hunger relief organizations need all the help we can get. The food donation tax deduction will provide a valuable and necessary incentive for small businesses and farmers to donate nutritious food to organizations like ours that distribute these items to our neighbors in need. By making this tax provision permanent, businesses of all sizes can enjoy the same benefits in helping to build and sustain hunger-free communities all across America,” said Natasha Thompson, President & CEO, food bank of the Southern Tier.
"Farmers are in the business of feeding people and we have some of the most generous farmers in the country right here in New York. Congressman Reed's legislation recognizes this generosity and the costs that are incurred to donate food, such as labor, packaging and transportation. This legislation would help farmers provide more fresh, local food to low-income New Yorkers who may need help putting food on the table during the year," said Dean Norton, President of New York Farm Bureau.