SB 249: Income Tax Credit - Qualified Farms - Food Donation Pilot Program

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.

SB 249 allows a qualified farm a State income tax credit of up to $5,000 against the State income tax for tax years 2016 through 2018, 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. Additionally, the legislation reestablishes the Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Hub and Spoke Program in the Southern Maryland Region.

Matthew 25:35 states, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink.” 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. 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. 

The Conference appreciates your consideration and urges you to support SB 249.