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Reed Charity Bill Passes House

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Washington, DC, February 13, 2015 | comments

Today, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Tom Reed’s Fighting Hunger Incentive Act as part of the America Gives More Act by a vote of 279-137

Congressman Reed released the following statement:

“This is a victory for those in need. My bill provides incentives for businesses to partner with food banks and charities to provide otherwise wasted food to those that need it most. I am proud to have played a role in a bill that touches and helps people with real immediate needs. I care deeply about our community here in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, and this bill will bring much needed relief.

“That is why I took to the House floor to advocate for those that face the specter of hunger and to appeal to the heart of my colleagues and the President. Despite our political differences, this bill will truly help those that need it most. With its passage, it is my hope that we will set aside party politics and embrace the golden rule - love your neighbors – that is at the heart of what it means to be American.”

Statement from Natasha Thompson, President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier

“The America Gives More Act of 2015 is an important step in strengthening the response to the issue of hunger in America and we appreciate Congressman Reed’s leadership in championing this bill from the beginning. Addressing the staggering need that exists in our communities requires a collaborative effort, and we value our partnership with Congressman Reed in this shared mission. We look forward to future collaborations with Congressman Reed on initiatives that continue to build and sustain hunger-free communities both here in the Southern Tier and across the country.”

Statement from Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America

“I want to thank Representative Reed for his leadership and support of the food donation tax incentives and the passage of H.R. 644, the America Gives More Act of 2015, said Aiken  “This legislation would result in millions of additional pounds of nutritious food donated to our network, food that is going to waste without these needed tax improvements.  We hope that both Republicans and Democrats can use this legislation as an opportunity to come together in a bipartisan manner to work on passage of charitable giving tax legislation.”

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