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Proposed State Legislation Aims to Combat Food Waste, Hunger

Bipartisan legislation would provide foodservice companies an incentive to donate surplus food to local food banks or pantries through a tax credit.

The New York State Senate and Assembly are considering bipartisan legislation that would provide grocery stores, restaurants, caterers and other foodservice companies an incentive to donate surplus food to local food banks or pantries through a tax credit.

While foodservice companies that currently donate excess food already qualify for a federal charitable tax deduction, the proposed state tax credit could help smaller stores and restaurants that may not have the staff, storage and infrastructure to handle food donations.

WXXI News has more details:

Bipartisan legislation under consideration in both the New York State Senate and Assembly would give grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, and other food industry companies an incentive to donate surplus food to local food banks or pantries through a  a tax credit.

Supporters of the measure say food waste is concern across the country and New York ranks among the top 20 states with the worst food hardship with one in eight residents struggling with hunger.

Wegmans donated about 5.5 million pounds of food in New York State alone last year.

Read the full story here.

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