Senators push expanded tax breaks for donated food


Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - U.S. senators from both parties are calling for an expansion of tax incentives designed to prompt restaurants, grocery stores and farmers to donate excess food to food pantries.

The incentives first passed in 2006. A big aim of the proposal to expand them is to cut into the estimate 70 billion pounds of good food that goes to waste each year.

John Sayles is chief executive at the Barre based Vermont Foodbank. He calls the incentives "absolutely critical to what we do" because they help prompt donations of about a quarter of the food the organization distributes each year.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy joined fellow Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Republicans Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Jerry Moran of Kansas to introduce the bill.

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