ALBANY — New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball is reminding New York farmers ahead of the May 17, 2021 tax filing deadline that they are eligible to receive a tax credit for qualifying food donations made to food banks and other emergency food providers in the tax year 2020.

According to the New York Farm Bureau, farmers across the state donated more than eight million pounds of food in 2020, helping to feed many families who faced increased food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“New York’s farmers are consistently among the nation’s leading donors to food banks, food pantries, and other charitable food organizations — a great feat in any year and especially during 2020 when our producers faced difficult challenges brought on by the pandemic,” Ball said in a news release. “Our farmers’ donations have provided fresh, healthy foods to millions of New York families who needed assistance more this past year than ever before. In fact, many of our farmers participating in the Nourish New York program have also continued to donate their products.

“I encourage our eligible farmers to take advantage of this great program and the economic benefit made available for their generosity.”

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