Season of Giving

This is the “season of giving” – when the financial support of our donors helps us provide meals and food boxes for those who otherwise wouldn’t have a holiday meal. Typically, the end of the year is a time when donations help us keep the warehouses stocked, meals prepared, food packed and other services going long into the winter months. But, will there be a season of giving this year? Are the new tax reform laws confusing and changing how you and others think of charitable giving?

Your gifts to Feeding America Southwest Virginia continue to qualify as charitable gifts and help provide the financial resources necessary to address the food insecurity in Southwest Virginia. There are many ways to give. For example, appreciated stock is a great way to donate and avoid capital gains tax. For those 70 1/2 years of age or older, using your IRA Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) as a transfer to charity helps you avoid an increase in income. Donations through Donor Advised Funds (DAF) have increased in recent years and provide another source of support.

The truth is the “season of giving” is all year long, not only during the holiday season. This might be your season to consider leaving Feeding America Southwest Virginia in your will or as a beneficiary to your life insurance or retirement fund.

For more information on how you can help through an annual gift, leadership support, or as a legacy benefactor, please contact us at or call the Development Office at 540.342.3011.