Can I claim a charitable deduction for groceries I donate?

January 29, 2007

From:  Wade
Date:  Tue, 07 Nov 2006

I volunteer for a nonprofit organization. We're having a fundraiser, and I'm cooking dinner for 60 volunteers. Can I claim a charitable deduction for the cost of the groceries I buy to feed the volunteers? I understand I can't deduct my time.

Answer

Date:  22 Nov 2006

Hello Wade,

If the organization is a qualifying charity, you should be able to deduct the cost of the groceries. I suggest that you make an "expense report" for the charity and get a "thank you" letter acknowledging your gift.

Good luck!
Mike Gray

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