When River Bend Food Bank relocated from Moline to Davenport in 2014, we lost our sales tax exemption. Instead of each $1 providing 5 meals for people who are hungry, we now pay $25,000 of your contributions each year to the State of Iowa, taxes on the boxes, fuel, office supplies, and other things needed to support charitable food distribution. Those funds could instead provide 125,000 meals.

One food bank was already made exempt, but the 4 of us who are not pay $186,000 in sales taxes, which could instead provide 1 million meals for hungry Iowans. That amount is a drop in the bucket of the Iowa General Fund, and it should be a priority for state legislators to feed people in need. There are 100 organizations who are exempt from sales taxes in Iowa. Do you think it is fair that food banks are not?

Please contact your State Senator and Representative and ask them to support HF2103, sales tax exemption for Iowa’s food banks. You can find your legislators’ contact information here:


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