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Tax Incentives to Ensure Excess Food Reaches The Hungry

"Tax incentives should be expanded to prompt restaurants, grocery stores and farmers to donate excess food to the hungry and cut into the estimated 70 billion pounds of food that goes to waste each year, U.S. senators including Patrick Leahy say in proposing such an expansion."

According to the AP story released today, "Leahy joined Sens. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., this past week to introduce the bill to continue and expand the tax incentive.

Leahy called the program ‘‘an efficient way to match a pressing need with valuable food resources that otherwise would be wasted. ... We must do more to ensure that no one in America goes hungry, and increasing the amount of food available to food banks is a vital step toward meeting that goal.’’

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