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The U.S. House of Representatives will vote soon on making permanent 3 important incentives for charitable giving: enhanced deductions for donating food inventory; the IRA charitable rollover; and, enhanced deductions for land conservation easements.
These charitable tax provisions expired on January 1st, 2014, for the 4th time in recent years. On each of the 3 previous occasions, an entire package of tax incentives was reinstated retroactively at the end of the following year. Without such an incentive in place, many of the charitable gifts the incentives were intended to promote will simply not take place.
The House is poised to vote soon to improve federal tax incentives for donating food and funds to food banks and other non-profits.
Help make sure the Houston Food Bank has resources we need to help struggling Texas children and their families by calling today!
To connect with your Congressional Representative:
Please call this toll-free number:1 (888) 398-8702;
- Please state your name and that you are a constituent, and you are calling in support of the Houston Food Bank which serves children and their families in 18 counties in southeast Texas;
- Please urge they vote in support of food and other charitable donation tax legislation;
- Please tell them you will be watching, and that you vote!
Food insecurity continues to be a persistent challenge in Texas and across the country, as shown by data from the 2014 Map the Meal Gap report, issued by Feeding America. And things could get worse for people in the middle class or low income families, if Congress accepts the federal budget recently passed in the House.
According to Map the Meal Gap, overall food insecurity in the Houston Food Bank’s 18-county service area decreased slightly, but child food insecurity increased by .5%, or 11,000 kids. Many of these kids don’t have a safety net. Roughly one third of children who are food insecure are not likely eligible for any federal food program benefits, including reduced/free school lunch or school breakfast, if the schools they attend don’t offer the meals to all students.
Given this stunning reality, House-passed budget cuts are completely unacceptable. They would harm children and their families while granting important tax reductions for millionaires. The House-passed Budget provides for an $87,000 tax break for each of our 27,347 millionaires, and a $2,000 average increase in taxes for each of our middle class families.
Other House-proposed budget cuts would affect the population served by the Houston Food Bank:
- 296,014 Texan seniors would pay more for medicine through reinstating the prescription drug “doughnut hole”;
- 44,260 college students would not receive Pell Grants;
- and, 12,350 more children would lose access to Head Start programs.
A Call to Action
Please communicate with your Congressional Representative to ask how (s)he voted on the House budget. If (s)he voted for it, please tell them that:
- you vote;
- further cuts in nutrition and other provisions which help Texas children and families are not acceptable;
- and, neither are additional tax breaks for the richest among us.
Did you know?
- Texas has one of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the country
- Every day 66,200 people in Houston are hungry - 5,000 of them children
- Each year the Houston Food Bank feeds 800,000 people - 47% are children
- 43% of hungry families must choose between food and medicine
YOU have the power to help end hunger. Let your elected officials know today that you want them to support comprehensive anti-hunger initiatives. Take a stand now because hunger is unacceptable.
Make a call to Senator (R-Texas) John Cornyn Office
Phone: (202) 224-2934
District Phone: (972) 239-1310
Make a call to Senator (R-Texas) Ted Cruz's Office
Phone: (202) 224-5922
District Phone: (512) 916-5834
Click here for addtional information hunger resources.
For additional questions, please contact Dr. Pamela Berger at 713-547-8611.