This past year the state of Maryland passed a bill that provides farmers with a modest tax credit for donating excess produce to soup kitchens, food pantries, and food hubs. The state, like many others, has a long history of having perishable foods not make it to market and go to waste. This bill connects the dots by not only compensating farmers for recovering what would have been wasted food but also serving nutritious food to populations who may not have otherwise had access to it. Although the bill took three years to pass by the Senate and House,with some tweaking it is now passed.
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