Rep. Young Introduces The Wild Game Donation Act
October 12, 2011
Alaskan Congressman Don Young has introduced H.R. 3142, The Wild Game Donation Act. This bill would make hunters who donate meat to food-based charities eligible for a tax deduction for the processing cost of their wild game. Additionally, this legislation would provide a tax credit for processors who take part in this program. H.R. 3142 requires that all animals are killed in accordance with state and local laws and by the individual making the charitable contribution.
“Our state has far too many resources for any Alaskan to be hungry,” said Rep. Young. “When the Food Bank of Alaska tells me that 93,000 Alaskans don’t know where their next meal is coming from, there is a real problem. My bill will begin to help solve that problem while also providing an economic incentive for hunters to donate their game. I anticipate broad bipartisan support for this bill and look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this bill.”
The Food Bank of Alaska estimates that they need to distribute at least 15 million pounds of food per year and are currently only distributing 10 million pounds.