MISHAWAKA – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) visited Martin’s Super Market in South Bend today in an effort to tout legislation that encourages businesses to donate food inventory to local food shelters. During the visit, Walorski was joined by Rob Bartels, CEO and president of Martin’s Super Market and Milt Lee, executive director of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.
Last week, the House passed legislation that would allow tax deductions for charitable contributions of food inventory. H.R. 644, The Fighting Hunger Incentive Act, permanently extends the deduction for businesses to donate food inventory to local food shelters and pantries.
“Hoosiers are known for helping one another, and the spirit of charity is an important part of our state’s culture. The Fighting Hunger Incentive Act makes it easier for businesses and individuals to support charities of their choosing while lowering their tax burdens. Charities and nonprofits play a critical role in making our communities better places to live, and I am proud to support them in their work,” Walorski said.
During the visit, Walorski, a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and chair of the Nutrition Subcommittee, thanked Martin’s and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana for their continued efforts to help feed Michiana’s hungry.
“This bill represents a bipartisan opportunity to help organizations like the Food Bank to rescue millions of pounds of food locally, and billions nationally. It will enhance the incentive for growers and farmers, which is critical to securing more produce and dairy, and make it permanent for all business taxpayers like grocery store,” Lee said.
“Northern Indiana is home to more than 50 food pantries and a hunger rate of 17 percent. With this legislation, Hoosiers are one step closer to ending food insecurity in Indiana,” said Walorski.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.