Now easier to use than ever, the Arizona Working Poor tax credit was created to encourage donations to organizations like St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, which distributes enough food into the community to provide 300,000 meals every day throughout the state of Arizona. By making a donation to the Food Bank, taxpayers may qualify for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit (a reduction to their final tax bill, lowering the amount owed) of up to $200 for individuals or $400 for those married filing jointly. In addition to the state tax credit, donors may also be able to take a deduction for federal tax purposes.
St. Mary’s Food Bank, given a top four-star rating by Charity Navigator, spends 96% of its budget to help low-income Arizonans. During the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 67.7 million pounds of food in 13 of the state’s 15 counties. With the economic downturn, the Food Bank has seen a steady 76% increase in demand for its services over last year.
Downtown Glendale will be a place where generosity and compassion are celebrated for the holidays during Glendale Glitters. And you can help St. Mary’s Food Bank during the special “Spirit of Giving” Weekend.
Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec.12, from 6-10 p.m. each night, join in the fun and enjoy 1.5 million lights and all kinds of entertainment for the entire family. Glendale is honoring and celebrating many nonprofit organizations and companies that give back to the Glendale community, including the West Valley Child Crisis Center, Donor Network of Arizona, the Swift Branch and The Boys and Girls Club.
Glendale’s Spirit of Giving event will also have St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance on hand, collecting canned food items to benefit to the less fortunate during this holiday season. Last year, the event collected enough food to help provide 10,186 meals to needy families and this year, with demand increasing, event organizers hope to exceed that number.
The Spirit of Giving weekend in downtown Glendale offers free admission, and will also feature food and beverages, horse-drawn carriages rides with special mini-pony rides, inflatable rides and visits with Santa Claus. For more information, visit www.GlendaleGlitters.com.