Proposed Tax Bill To Affect Those Served by Food Banks

The House of Representatives will be voting on the new Tax Bill and the Senate will take a vote tomorrow. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has worked with Feeding America to analyze the affects the new Tax Bill will have on food banks and those we serve on a daily basis.

Regrettably, this legislation provides little direct benefit to food insecure individuals in the United States, and at the same time would undermine efforts to assist those who struggle with adequate access to food. It does not prioritize taxpayers who are most at risk of being food insecure, and as a result they are not among the primary beneficiaries of the bill’s nearly $6 trillion in tax reductions.

We are asking you to contact your Representative and tell them to vote NO on the new Tax Bill. Below are some points you can make on our behalf:

  • The increase in deficits created by the legislation and the resulting additional debt that must be financed, will place pressure on federal spending in both short and long term. This pressure has previously resulted in disproportionate cuts to programs intended to help those most in need.
  • Provisions in the bill would effectively eliminate the deduction for charitable contributions, a provision in the tax code that has encouraged charitable giving for more than a century. This would result in a sharp decline in charitable giving to non-profits like Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

House of Representatives

Volusia County/Flagler County   East Orange/Seminole County               Brevard/Indian River

Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06)       Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)          Rep. Bill Posey (FL-08)

(386)302-0471                            (888)205-5421                                        (321)632-1776


South Orange/Osceola/Polk       Downtown/West Orange/Lake                West Orange/Lake/Marion

Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09)          Rep. Val Demings (FL-10)                    Rep. Daniel Webster (FL-11)

(407)452-1171                            (321)388-9808                                        (352)241-9220



U.S. Senator Bill Nelson                              U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

(407)872-7161                                                (407)254-2573

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