We Share Hope rescues food and nonfood items from manufacturers, restaurants, businesses, colleges, farms, and more – anyone with surplus edible food.
Benefits of Donating Food
- Enhanced Tax Deduction
- No Liability
- Support your community, and help end hunger in Rhode Island
- Reduce waste, and associated waste hauling costs
- Food in landfills releases methane gas, which is 21 times worse for our environment than carbon dioxide
Enhanced Tax Deductions for Food Donations
On December 17, President Obama signed into law The Tax Relief, Unemaployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. The new law extends an enhanced tax deduction that potentially impacts We Share Hope food donors. The law extends the enhanced tax deduction for food donations that already existed for C corporations to all business taxpayers from Jan 1, 2010 to Dec 31, 2011. As a result, the law will be retroactive and available for product donations already made to City Harvest. The law enables all business taxpayers, including some farmers, retailers, franchisees, ranchers and other small business owners, to take the special enhanced tax deduction currently available to all C corporations that donate food and grocery products to We Share Hope.
Protection from Liability
All businesses donating leftover food in good faith to those in need are granted immunity from all civil and criminal liability under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. Signed into law in 1996 by Bill Clinton, this law encourages businesses to donate surplus edible food by releasing food donors from all liability except in cases where there is “gross negligence”.