Monday, July 14, 2014

Action Alert: Join the National Call-in Day on July 15

This week, Congress will vote on legislation that would improve federal tax incentives for donating food and funds to food banks and other nonprofits, including food donation tax incentives and allowing donations of IRA rollovers to nonprofits. We need your help to mobilize thousands of phone calls to make sure that the House of Representatives passes this legislation.

This is the furthest we've ever gotten on seeing Congress pass legislation to strengthen tax policies to incentivize charitable giving, and we have a small but critical window to show our support. It is important that all Representatives hear from our network and people of their community how critical this legislation is. Feeding America has been working with its partners in the food industry on legislation to improve tax incentives for donated food for years, and this legislation would have a huge impact on our ability to grow our donation programs, especially produce. 

Nonprofit organizations across the country are holding a national-call in day on July 15, and we need you to add your voice to this important effort. Help us make sure food banks have the resources they need to help struggling Americans by calling today!

Calling Congress is easy!  Here’s how:
  1. Just dial our toll free number, (888) 398-8702, listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
  2. Connect to your Representative, state that you are a constituent, and give your name and the food bank you are calling from.
  3. Let them know you are calling about food donation and charitable giving tax legislation and deliver this important message:
As your constituent and supporter/employee of Good Shepherd Food Bank, I am calling you today to ask you to support food donation tax legislation that would help our food bank feed struggling Mainers.  Please support this and other charitable giving tax legislation that would help ensure our food bank has the food and the funds needed to continue supporting those in need in our community.

    4.  Don't forget to spread the word by sharing with your local networks and on social media.

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