Tax credit helps farmers donate, but lots of food still wasted
'Are we anywhere near where we need to be? No,' said Karen Theriault of Feed Nova Scotia
By Stephanie vanKampen, CBC News Posted: Oct 14, 2016 7:15 AM AT Last Updated: Oct 14, 2016 7:15 AM AT
Nova Scotia's largest network of food banks has seen both a jump in the number of farmers donating and in donations of fresh produce, a spokeswoman says.
More farmers likely are taking advantage of a new tax credit established by the province in May, said Karen Theriault of Feed Nova Scotia.
The tax credit gives a farm 25 per cent of the market value of all fresh produce donated to organizations, such as Feed Nova Scotia, which supplies food banks across the province.
Melvin suggested farmers could work directly with charitable groups to bring the cost of food down for food banks, while giving farmers a market for their product.
For example, if a food bank needed to buy produce, it could go to a farmer directly and pay a fraction of the price the grocery store charges