- Krispy Kreme coming to Cape Girardeau (12/14/17)1
- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Light and music show: Jackson family goes high-tech with Christmas display (12/11/17)
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
- Jury convicts Scott City man who confessed to murder; girlfriend's testimony corroborates confession (12/9/17)
- Cape schools to get two new principals, assistant superintendent (12/13/17)1
- Two Cape County residents, including former Jackson police officer, face burglary charges in Colorado (12/12/17)
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)4
- Sugarfire Cape barbecue restaurant to open June 2018 (12/7/17)
Helping food pantries
House Speaker Rod Jetton's bill providing tax credits for people or businesses who donate to food pantries becomes law next year. The credits directly reduce the taxes due, providing a larger tax break than the income-tax deductions already allowed for contributions to non-for-profit food pantries.
A credit of half the value of the donation up to $2,500 a year will be allowed. Donations of food or money may be made.
The total statewide tax credits would be capped at $2 million annually. If more than that amount is donated, contributions would be prorated.
Seeing 200 people standing in line for food in his hometown of Marble Hill inspired Jetton to write the legislation. Food pantries do God's work. Every bit of help food pantries can get in their mission of feeding the hungry is needed and deserved.