Lugar visits with Community Harvest Food Bank Board

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar met with members of the Fort Wayne Community Harvest Food Bank Board of Directors in his Washington, D.C. office.

They discussed the Lugar Pilot program and the Good Samaritan Hunger Relief Tax Incentive Act, legislation that Lugar authored.

The Lugar Pilot program, which began in 2000, works to increase participation in the Summer Food Service Program that feeds over three million children each summer by lessening the bureaucratic obstacles that providers face. In the 13 states where it has been implemented, participation in the summer feeding program has increased over 20 percent.

The Good Samaritan Hunger Relief Tax Incentive Act makes it easier for restaurants, food processors and farmers to contribute products to food banks, pantries and homeless shelters by allowing tax deductions for the full market value of food donated. Previously, the deduction did not cover expenses incurred by the business.

Under legislation unanimously passed by the Senate in June, the Lugar Pilots were reauthorized and expanded to six more states. In addition, non-profit organizations in Lugar Pilot states may apply to administer summer feeding programs, which should increase the number of sites serving children.

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar standing with members of the Fort Wayne Community Harvest Food Bank Board of Directors in Washington, D.C.