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Garcia Bill Aims to End Hunger in NJ, Encourages Tax Break for Businesses Donating Food to Feed Hungry

(Trenton) - Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-Hudson) recently introduced legislation to allow an income tax deduction for charitable contributions of food made from business inventory.

Garcia said the intent of his legislation is to recognize and reward charitable contributions of food made to organizations that serve the underprivileged.

The bill states that over 1 million people living in New Jersey lack consistent access to enough food for active, healthy life for all household members, and have only limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.

The new tax deduction will encourage philanthropic gifts of food in deserving organizations and help reduce the number of those who needlessly go hungry in this state.

"We should encourage businesses and organizations to work together to address the hunger epidemic in the state," said Garcia (D-Hudson). "This bill is the first step in encouraging these partnerships and creating resources that will help families in need.

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Mazzeo, Pinkin & Mukherji Bill to Help Property Taxpayers Whose Homes Were Damaged in Natural Disasters Approved by Assembly

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo Legislation Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Nancy Pinkin and Raj Mukherji sponsored to help property taxpayers whose homes were damaged in natural disasters was approved 70-3 Monday by the Assembly.

"After Sandy, many of our state's residents found that the homes they had lived in and the businesses they had owned for years suddenly were uninhabitable," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "In anticipation of the next disaster of that magnitude, it's important that we implement a buffer for those struggling to recover..."

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