It’s no secret that two things that make many of us who we are as Iowans are our passion for hunting and generosity to giving to those in need.
That’s why I wanted to share with you that recently I became an original cosponsor of H.R. 3728, the Wild Game Donation Act of 2013. This bill would provide hunters with a tax deduction for the costs associated with donating meat from wild game to food banks, as well as a tax credit for meat processors participating in the program.
As someone who grew up hunting in Northwest Iowa and was raised by my single mother and my grandmother who often relied on food assistance, I know that every little bit helps.
This bill will help ensure that more food for those in need is available and prevent valuable food resources from going to waste.
With Iowa’s rich history of hunting and taking care of our neighbors, this is a commonsense bill that gives the deserved credit to many Iowans already donating to those in need.
In 2012, Iowa hunters donated 5,281 deer that provided more than 800,000 meals to needy families according to Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
We often say that Iowa feeds the world because of our strong agricultural products. I strongly believe that’s the case.
I also believe that we must make sure we feed Iowans in need who we often never realize live in our communities or are our neighbors and that Iowa hunters should be recognized and supported for the role they play in that effort.
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