Innamorato applauds tax credits awarded to local food-rescue initiative

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – State Rep.-elect Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, applauded the announcement of $82,500 in tax credits to 412 Food Rescue, a Pittsburgh-based food rescue that bridges the gap between food waste, hunger and environmental sustainability.

“412 Food Rescue embodies the spirit of service and collaboration that define the people of the 21st Legislative District and Allegheny County,” Innamorato said. “Having had moments in my life where our family struggled to make ends meet, I know how hard food insecurity can be. Our commonwealth needs to support initiatives like this that truly change lives and strengthen communities.”

The tax credits will address a number of the 412 Food Rescue’s needs, including its Good Food Project, which will be housed in Millvale at the Millvale Moose. Plans to develop kitchen space at this location capable of stabilizing a portion of the highly perishable surplus food that is rescued by the organization also will be funded by way of tax credits.

“Nearly 40 percent of our food goes to waste, and this nonprofit will be utilizing these tax credits to turn what typically ends up in landfills into fresh, healthy meals,” Innamorato said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the additional positive impact this program makes and am looking forward for our office to support its growth and reach.”

The tax credit program, managed by the state Department of Community and Economic Development, provides the credits to businesses that donate capital to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems, including affordable housing, veteran’s initiatives, crime-prevention education, job training and long-term community revitalization.