Tax incentive for nutritious food donations
One tool in the Council’s proposed National Food Waste Reduction Strategy is a federal tax incentive to encourage businesses to donate nutritious food to charitable organizations.
Calculations indicate that each year commercial food businesses and institutional food service operations send about 165,000 tonnes of nutritious food to Canadian landfills (Internal memo, Metro Vancouver, 2014).
Carefully designed, as a tax credit or deduction, a simple tax incentive would offset the costs of operational changes required to separate nutritious food from food that should be discarded and to store, and/or transport this food to registered charities.
Eligible recipients would include food banks, community kitchens, food hubs and other charities.