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Ways to Help

Feed My People is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.  Donations to Feed My People are tax-deductible in accordance with state, local, and federal laws.

Feed My People is supported by donations from individuals, schools, churches, businesses, and community groups including the Governing Board and Foundation Board.  The majority of our support comes from individuals like you.  You can financially support Feed My People through any of the following ways.
 
Planned Giving

Donations of Money, Time, or Property

Lead Trust Monetary Gifts 
Charitable Remainder Trust Feed My People Endowment
Charitable Gift Annuity Organize a Food Drive
Outright Gifts Give a Meal-A-Month
Gift of Life Insurance Support our Fundraisers
Stocks and Bonds Volunteer
Wills Donate to our Programs
Memorial/Tribute Program Donate to our Thrift Stores

Please contact Wendi Neckameyer, our Development Specialist, at 314-631-4900 extension 308 or WendiN@feed-my-people.net for more information on any of the giving opportunities listed above. Wendi will assist you in choosing the giving plan that best suits your goals. 


Planned Giving

Everyone wants to leave the world better than they found it. One way is to ensure that the assets you have accumulated are carefully conserved so that they continue to serve the interests you care most about: those of your family and of institutions such as Feed My People, that will best perpetuate your principles. Enhance your legacy to your family and assist Feed My People in helping others help themselves.  Through a planned gift to Feed My People, you can do all this:

  • Increase your annual income.
  • Elimate capital gains tax on assets.
  • Receive a significant income tax deduction.
  • Lower your estate tax bill.
  • Assure the transfer of your fullest possible estate value to heirs.
  • Increase possible gifts to grandchildren.
  • Make a meaningful gift that significantly furthers the work of Feed My People.
By making appropriate plans for your charitable gifts, you will not only obtain significant tax savings while benefiting yourself and your family, but also you will benefit Feed My People. But if you do not plan properly, a very large portion of your accumulated assets will be used to pay estate taxes, and your heirs will be left with a difficult burden. Careful planning should also be applied to the sale of appreciated assets during your lifetime. Without it, you may pay substantial amounts of capital gains tax that could have been avoided through a charitable gift.
 
The tax laws allow several kinds of planning gifts. They include gifts of property, which would give Feed My People current income from your investments to fund its present and near-term operating needs. Such gifts lower your estate tax liability. There are also gifts in trust which become available in the future, to increase Feed My People's endowment over a longer term. Planned properly, these gifts can increase your current income, give you a tax deduction, wipe out capital gains tax, and lower your estate tax liability. Your life insurance can be used for planned giving as well. A current contribution can fund premiums on a policy that benefits Feed My People, and the amount of the gift in trust to Feed My People need not disinherit your heirs. You can replace the gift at a discount using life insurance that pays the dollar value to your heirs, both income and estate-tax free.
 
Following is a summary of several planned giving techniques. It emphasizes the tax benefits to donors and the benefits to Feed My People. These are illustrations only. Please consult your financial planner, before implementing any of these techniques.
 
If you wish further information, or if you would like to arrange an appointment with our Planned Giving Counselor, please contact our Executive Director, Robert Wessels, at (314) 631-4900 ext 306 or our Development Specialist, Wendi Neckameyer, at (314) 631-4900 ext 308.

Lead Trust
A stream of current income to Feed My People for a specific number of years; remainder goes to heirs.
  • No tax deduction for the donor.
  • Reduces estate tax.
  • Can replace for your family the dollar value of income stream to Feed My People (at a discount).
  • Can magnify impact of the lead trust gift to Feed My People by using a portion of Feed My People's trust income as a premium for insurance on the donor's life.

Charitable Remainder Trust
A gift in trust generates an income stream to donor during life from the full current value of the donated asset. Remainder at death goes to Feed My People.
  • Current income tax deduction.
  • No capital gains tax on the gift of appreciated asset.
  • Pays a taxable stream of income to donor.
  • Reduces estate tax.
  • Can replace dollar value of the donated asset for heirs.

Charitable Gift Annuity
Pays an income stream to donor during life. Remainder at death goes to Feed My People.
  • Donor receives current income tax deduction.
  • Annuity payments are taxable income to donor.
  • Reduces estate tax.
  • Can replace dollar value of the donated asset for heirs (at a discount).

Outright Gifts
Gifts of cash or other assets. Current cash flow for Feed My People.
  • Current income tax deduction. No capital gains tax on gift of appreciated assets.
  • Reduces taxable estate.
  • Can replace dollar value of the donated asset for heirs (at a discount).

Gift of Life Insurance
Gifts of cash for premiums. Leverages a small annual donation into a significant gift.
  • Current income tax deduction for donated premiums.
  • Reduces taxable estate by amount paid in premiums.
  • Dramatically increases the value of annual gifts to Feed My People when Feed My People is the owner and beneficiary of the policy.

Stocks and Bonds
Stocks in a closely held corporation may make an attractive gift to Feed My People.
  • Claim an income tax deduction (for its appraised fair-market value)
  • Avoid the capital gains tax liability
  • Remove this liquid asset from your estate.

Wills
Wills are one of the simplest ways to distribute an estate. They can also be a creative vehicle through which to make thoughtful gifts.

After providing for the needs of your loved ones, you may choose one of several ways to benefit Feed My People.  By having your attorney revise your will or add a simple amendment, you can make a gift of a dollar amount, specific property, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder after your loved ones have been provided for.


Memorial/Tribute Program

This program started in 1985 when a donor died and the family asked that money be sent to Feed My People in lieu of flowers. Later tributes to living people were added as others sent in money to honor someone. In 1991, the memorials and tributes started being listed in the Manna Messenger. When someone requests a memorial or a tribute, a card is sent to the person or family designated, saying that the donor has made a donation to Feed My People to help feed the needy in memory of, or in honor of the person named. An acknowledgement is also sent to the donor. Later the person being remembered will also be listed in the Manna Messenger.


Donations of Money, Time, and Property

Feed My People is supported by donations from individuals, churches, businesses, and community groups.  We rely heavily on the generosity of our community to help us be successful in our Mission.  Donations of Money, Time, and Property are vital to our daily operations and have an enormous impact on the quality of programs and services we can provide to our clients.  Read on for more information about ways you can help.


Feed My People will accept cash and electronic transfers as a tax-deductible charitable contribution, and will issue a receipt to the donor.

For every dollar donated, we can stretch it to buy $10 worth of food! 

Taxpayers are permitted to deduct gifts to qualified charitable institutions such as Feed My People, up to 50% of their adjusted gross income each year. If a gift plan would result in a deduction of more than this amount in a given year, the excess can be deducted over a five-year period.  You may also enjoy additional benefits from state income tax savings.
Feed My People is able to accept one-time donations, or you may request a year's worth of return envelopes and make a monthly pledge, or we will process periodic automatic electronic payments.  Please contact Wendi Neckameyer, at (314) 631-4900 ext 308.
 
You can also make online donations by clicking on the orange "Give Direct" button in the left column of the website.

Feed My People Endowment
An endowment fund is one where the donation itself is held in reserve, not to be used except in the case of extreme emergency, while the charity is able to use the interest generated from the fund. Thus, the charity is more likely to have long-term stability. One or two bad years with donations won't sink the organization. Feed My People established an endowment fund in 1993 with a very generous donation from Virginia C. Sodemann after whom the fund is named.
 
While a large donation to the endowment fund will result in the donor's name added to a permanent plaque located at Feed My People's main office in Lemay (if the donor so wishes), any amount can be donated to Feed My People through the endowment fund.
 
Your endowment gift is particularly appropriate for Memorial or Tribute remembrances since it is truly "a gift that keeps on giving."

 
Organize a food drive at your church, office, or school.  We provide collection barrels, flyers and posters.  You provide the space & support!

Give a Meal-A-Month

Pick up a yellow bag at Feed My People or at your church, fill it up next time you are at the grocery store and return it to us.  Each bag has a suggested meal for 1-3 people.


Support our Fundraisers

You can help support us by sponsoring, attending, donating silent auctions items, or volunteering at our fundraisers, or encourage your company or church to do the same!  Our fundraisers to help us meet our commitment to those we are helping. Some have been one-time fundraisers, such as our cookbook, while others have become annual events.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Trivia Night
  • Chef's Challenge
  • Manna March Walk for Hunger
  • Bringing Fashion Into Action, a fashion show that highlights clothing, shoes, and accessories found in Feed My People Thrift Stores
  • Grocery certificates
  • Entertainment Book sales

Sign up to receive our electronic newsletters and event information on our home page, or watch our website for details.


Volunteer

There are certain tax benefits for volunteer service.  Consult your tax professional regarding the details.

Read more about Volunteering for Feed My People here.


We are always in need of specific items to keep our programs running:

  • Personal Care Items.  These items are not covered by food stamps, and are absolute necessities.
    • Toilet Paper
    • Shampoo
    • Soap
    • Ensure
    • Depends
    • Diapers and Wipes
  • Seasonal Necessities.  These items help families stay warm in winter or cool in summer.
    • Warm Blankets
    • Heaters
    • Fans
  • Holiday Giving.  Donate a ham or turkey, or a new gift for a child this holiday season.  Click here to learn more.

Donate to our Thrift Stores

Feed My People will accept clothing, household items, and electronics during normal store hours at both of our thrift stores.

Consult your financial advisor for special limitations and exceptions, which may apply to gifts of property.


DONOR PRIVACY POLICY

Feed My People is concerned about privacy and guards your data closely. We value our relationship with you and recognize the importance of protecting the privacy of your personal information. The information we have about you is protected and secure, and we work diligently to ensure that your personal preferences regarding the use of your information are honored. The information you share with Feed My People is for organizational use only and is never shared, sold, or bartered with any other entity. The types of information collected may include your name, address, postal code, phone number and/or email address. This information is used solely for solicitation purposes that aid in the administration of our food distribution programs.

You may, at any time, request us to remove your contact information from our mail or email lists and your request will be honored.

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy, use of your personal information or opting out of mailings we can be contacted via mail, email, or phone at the following:

Tina Lansford – Feed My People
171 Kingston Drive
St. Louis, MO 63125

P: 314.631.4900

E-mail: tinalansford@feed-my-people.net