The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.
HB 472 allows a qualified farm a State income tax credit of up to $5,000 against the State income tax for tax years 2017 through 2019, providing that the credit is equal to 50% of the value of an eligible food donation or 75% of the value of donated certified organic produce. The total amount of tax credit certificates issued may not exceed $250,000 for a fiscal year.
The Conference supports programs, such as the Food Donation Pilot Program, that will improve access to and the availability of healthy, affordable food in the communities in which people live. It is a sad reality that far too many people do not know where their next meal is coming from and/or do not have access to nutritional foods. Feeding the hungry is an act of mercy that has a tangible and positive impact everyone who faces food insecurity.
Pope Francis said, “When food is shared in a fair way, with solidarity, when no one is deprived, every community can meet the needs of the poorest.” This legislation provides a greater opportunity for farms to act in solidarity with those in need so that no one is deprived of access to fresh and organic foods.
The Conference appreciates your consideration and urges you to support HB 472.