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Goal. Starbucks giving 100% of leftover food.
Today. Starbucks joined the effort to end hunger, and promote no food waste. Starbucks plans to Donate 100 percent of unsold food in America. Food Donation Connection will help make that happen. Support local food banks, patronize businesses that support human issues. Learn more…
POSTED 12:36 PM, MARCH 22, 2016, BY CNN WIRE
“Starbucks wants to donate all of its leftover food to the hungry.
The company said Tuesday that it will aim to contribute “100%” of its leftover food to Feeding America — which runs a national network of food banks — from its 7,000-plus U.S. locations by this time next year.
The idea didn’t come from Starbucks’ corner offices — it came from baristas behind the counter”.
Food managers: Food Donation Connection facilitates restaurant donations.
Their Motto: ” Let Nothing Be Wasted”
What they do…
“Food Donation Connection manages food donation programs for food service companies interested in donating food. The donating process is based on donors receiving economic benefit through tax savings in addition to involvement with community and corporate goodwill. See how one HMS Host team at Tampa International Airport used their surplus food to feed over 100,000.
Donors are linked to those in need through existing non-profit hunger relief organizations”. –Food Donation Connection
Congress Passes PATH Act -Enhanced Food Donation Tax Deduction Available to All Companies
(December 23, 2015)
On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed HR 2029 –The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. Contained in this bill was a provision that made the enhanced deduction for food donations permanently available to non C-corporations – retroactive for contributions made after December 31, 2014. Previously, only C-corporations could realize the enhanced tax benefit from donating their surplus food. In addition, the bill:
Increased the charitable contributions cap from 10% to 15% of net income for Non-C corporations or taxable income for C-corporations -applicable to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.
Allowed non C-corporations a tax deduction carry forward of 5 years, mirroring the treatment of C corporations -applicable to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.
Defined the Fair Market Value of Donated Food by taking into account the price for which the item is sold at the time of the contribution without regard to lack of market, internal standards -applicable to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.
Provided basis for food donations from businesses using the cash method of accounting (typically identified as “farmers and ranchers”) as25% of the fair market value -applicable to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.
Where: Harvest Recipient Partners
San Diego Rescue Mission – Serving San Diego, California
“We began our prepared food donation recovery program called, “Partners for Hunger Relief” in 1997 and Pizza Hut was the first restaurant to donate to our organization. Prior to that, we only picked up bread and pastries from a few grocery stores. Since we had so many people to feed at the San Diego Rescue Mission, we began to seek more restaurants and caterers to donate their excess food because the prepared foods were of greater value and much more nutritious than the bread and pastries. In 1999, we began picking up food from most of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurants in San Diego. The donations of pizza from Pizza Hut and chicken wings, rice, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and macaroni &cheese from KFC have increased the nutritional value of the food we had available and the men, women and children that receive these meals have been so grateful to have more variety in the weekly menus. We collect enough of the Pizza Hut and KFC items to serve three meals a week! And we serve 500 people at each meal. That is 1500 free meals that would otherwise be thrown away if these restaurants didn’t donate to our organization. We are able to help other agencies with feeding programs when we collect over the amount we need to serve three meals a week. For variations, we make sweet & sour chicken by pouring canned fruit cocktail, garlic, onions and bell pepper chunks, brown sugar and soy sauce over the KFC chicken wings, bake and serve over rice. If we have a lot of mashed potatoes we make shepherds pie, or doctor the potatoes up with sour cream, green onions and almost any kind of cheese for a potato casserole. Our clients love the food because they feel they are getting to eat at a restaurant, and who doesn’t love Pizza Hut and KFC? The savings on provisions has been tremendous and allowed us to grow and help more people over the years. This has been a wonderful partnership and we are truly grateful.”
— Stephanie Paine, Director of Food Service
Go To: http://www.foodtodonate.com/