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Raising funds for food banks is easy during tax season. You can help bring dollars to your food bank by telling California taxpayers about the opportunity to use their state income tax return to send money to the Emergency Food for Families Fund. Last year the fund raised $504,000 for food banks across the state. Help us top that this year!

Why was this fund created?

The Fund was established in 1998 to support California food banks. Since that time, the Fund has raised millions of dollars. The program uses an existing infrastructure managed by the California Department of Social Services to efficiently distribute federal TEFAP food, disaster food, and private tax check-off contributions donated through the Emergency Food for Families Fund to all 58 counties. 

What's new for 2016-17?

In December 2016, State Senator Robert M. Hertzberg introduced Senate Bill 61, which continues the Emergency Food for Families Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund on state personal income tax returns until the end of 2025. 

A goal is set by the California Franchise Board to ensure that the fund continues. Last year, California taxpayers contributed nearly $500,000 to the fund. This year we hope to raise even more which is why are encouraging our fellow food banks and hunger advocates to spread the word about this funding opportunity.

How can you help?

The biggest way that food banks can assist the Emergency Food for Families Fund is to promote the voluntary tax contribution opportunity. By letting your constituents know about the option to make a donation, the fund will benefit, and CAFB has simplified this by creating a toolkit.

Toolkit

  • Promotional videos to share in emails, on websites, and in social media.

 

  • Blog post to share:

Tax Check-Off Program: A Reason to Look Forward to Tax Season

  • Memes to share (right-click on the image to save and feel free to add your logo):

http://www.cafoodbanks.org/media/1903

http://www.cafoodbanks.org/media/1902

http://www.cafoodbanks.org/media/1904

http://www.cafoodbanks.org/media/1907

  • Facebook posts (click to post):

https://www.facebook.com/dialog/feed?app_id=966242223397117&link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.checkoffca.org%2F&picture=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cafoodbanks.org%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fmeme_girleating.jpg&name=Did%20you%20know%20you%20can%20use%20your%20tax%20return%20to%20donate%20a%20meal%3F&caption=%20&description=Use%20your%20income%20tax%20returns%20to%20help%20families%20in%20need%20by%20checking%20the%20Emergency%20Food%20for%20Families%20Fund%20on%20your%20California%20income%20taxes.&redirect_uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F&display=popup

https://www.facebook.com/dialog/feed?app_id=966242223397117&link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.checkoffca.org%2F&picture=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cafoodbanks.org%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fsalad.jpg&name=There%20is%20a%20reason%20to%20look%20forward%20to%20doing%20your%20taxes&caption=%20&description=Use%20your%20income%20tax%20returns%20to%20help%20families%20in%20need%20by%20checking%20the%20Emergency%20Food%20for%20Families%20Fund%20on%20your%20California%20income%20taxes.&redirect_uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F&display=popup

  • Tweets (click to post):

http://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Use%20your%20CA%20income%20tax%20return%20to%20donate%20a%20meal%20to%20us.%20%20%E2%9C%85%20Emergency%20Food%20for%20Family%20Fund%20on%20the%20voluntary%20contributions%20section.

http://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=What%20do%20cats%20have%20to%20do%20with%20tax%20season%3F%20https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2F9tcDsrqHDq0%20%23emergencyfoodforfamiliesfund

http://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Did%20you%20know%20you%20can%20donate%20a%20meal%20to%20us%20on%20your%20taxes%3F%20Check%20the%20Emergency%20Food%20for%20Family%20Fund%20on%20your%20income%20taxes%2C%20it%27s%20as%20easy%20as%20that!

http://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=DYK%20you%20can%20donate%20a%20meal%20to%20us%20on%20your%20taxes%3F%20Check%20the%20Emergency%20Food%20for%20Families%20Fund%20on%20your%20income%20taxes%20http%3A%2F%2Fgph.is%2F1cCQDgv

  • Fun tax-related GIPHYS to use in social media or emails:

http://gph.is/28OcRhE

http://gph.is/2b3q0ZY

http://gph.is/218ZLkH

Photo by Kasey Samuel Adams.