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Chino Valley Education Foundation receives tax credit donation status

Organization relies solely on donations

The Chino Valley Education Foundation, Hungry Kids Project received tax credit donation status as a Qualifying Charitable Organization from the Arizona Department of Revenue, Office of Economic Research and Analysis earlier this year, according to a news release.

As such, the entire community can benefit from participating in as well as donating toward Foundation programs.

“The Arizona State Legislature created A.R.S. 43-1088 so all residents in Arizona have the opportunity to contribute to Qualifying Charitable Organizations like the Chino Valley Education Foundation by donating their tax dollars directly to the foundation,” the release states. “At tax time when you compute your taxes, you can reduce the amount you owe the State by up to $800 for married couples or $400 for individuals.”

Further, since it’s a separate Arizona Statute, people who already contribute money to the school district can keep doing so while contributing to the Chino Valley Education Foundation and receive credit for both.

The Chino Valley Education Foundation was established to keep the district’s kids from going without food every weekend and through numerous programs, such as the Hungry Kids Project. It supports students, teachers and families of the Chino Valley Unified School District.

“Last year, the Hungry Kids Project served, on average, 245 students per week,” the release states. “Over the course of 36 weeks, they provided a total of 8,700 student with food bags. Each bag contains two breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners plus snacks.”

For high school students, the bags contain an additional dinner and it all equates to nearly 63,000 meals served.

The Chino Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit relying solely on donations and there are no overhead costs for its programs. None of its personnel receive pay or benefits, its offices are donated by the Chino Valley school district and all its vehicles and vehicle related expenses are donated by the volunteers.

Hungry Kids packs backpacks Thursday mornings at 9 at Heritage Middle School, 1076 N. Road 1 West, and the Foundation is always looking for more volunteers.

For more information, contact Rich Spencer at 928-925-6652 or at osovato@hotmail.com.