This week the Senate Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government held a public hearing on legislation sponsored by State Senator Scott Sifton (D-St. Louis) that would raise the cap on the food pantry tax credit from its current level of $1.25 million to $2 million. The MCC joined the Missouri Association of Social Welfare (MASW) and others in supporting SB 647. The legislation has taken on added urgency in the wake of Congressional funding cuts to the federal food stamp program. Glenn Koenen, chair of the MASW’s Hunger Task Force, told the committee that food costs are rising, making it more expensive for food pantries to purchase food for the needy. Mike Hoey, executive director of the MCC, also testified in favor of the bill. The committee took no further action on SB 647.
Posted: January 31, 2014