In December of 2016, the Nova Scotia Government released new legislation allowing farmers to receive a 25% tax credit of the fair market value of the agricultural products donated to registered food banks.
This new legislation allows FOUND to send volunteers to a farm, glean the leftover food in the field, and the farmer receives the tax credit once the food is donated to local food banks. This is beneficial in four ways:
1. Food waste is reduced in agricultural production at no cost to the farmer – FOUND will glean for free
2. Farmers receive a tax credit for food that would otherwise have gone to waste
3. We help introduce Nova Scotians to local agriculture, connecting them to the farm, farmer, and their food source, potentially increasing purchases of local food
4. Most importantly, our local food banks gain access to fresh produce, something food banks do not often see!
If you are a farmer looking to take advantage of the tax credit, just call us and we can have volunteers out to your farm gleaning your fields and helping local food banks!
Contact Co-Director, Lindsay Clowes @ 902 717 8188 or Lindsay@FOUNDns.com
For more information on the tax credit click here