By: Janice LeBoeuf, Vegetable Crop Specialist, OMAFRA, Ridgetown
Established in 2014, the Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers, gives farmers a tax credit valued at 25 per cent of the fair market value of the agricultural products they donate. Community food programs, like the student nutrition program, also benefit by receiving more fresh local food for distribution to Ontario families.
This credit helps to ensure that more locally grown food ends up on people’s plates, and that includes the people who need it most in our communities.
To get the credit, you must:
• be a resident of Ontario
• have a farming business in Ontario
• have donated agricultural products to an eligible community food program in Ontario.
Eligible products include:
• meat and meat by-products
• eggs and dairy products
• fruits and vegetables
• grains and pulses
• herbs, honey, maple syrup and mushrooms
To receive the donation, community food programs must:
• be registered as a charity under the Income Tax Act (Canada)
• be able to issue receipts for the fair market value of food donated by farmers
More details on the tax credit are available by visiting:ontario.ca/fooddonation
If you are a farmer, reach out to your local community organizations and see how you can work together to bring more fresh, local food to people in need.
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