Fresh Hope Produce Receives Charity Status from the IRS

By: Rick Bella Last Updated: August 24, 2011

Fresh-Hope-ProduceFresh Hope Produce, a non-profit organization based in Valparaiso, Indiana announced today that it has received final approval from the IRS determining that the charity is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Fresh Hope Produce are deductible under section 170 of the Code. Fresh Hope Produce may also receive bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code.

It is further determined that Fresh Hope Produce, Inc. is a Public Charity. “This is great news,” announced Rick Bella, President, and CEO of Fresh Hope Produce. “It was a long and detailed process and I am pleased that we can begin our fund raising efforts and donors can deduct donations as allowed by law.

Bella added, “This will allow us to pursue our mission to secure America’s surplus of fruits and vegetables and distribute them to hunger relief charities and food banks across the United States.

Fresh Hope Produce will use financial contributions to subsidize costs associated with procuring and distributing fresh produce to hunger programs across the nation. “Fresh produce by far is one of the most beneficial foods that we can provide to those in need,“ Bella said.

The vision of Fresh Hope Produce is to bridge the supply chain gap between America’s surplus of fresh-grown fruits and vegetables and America’s hungry. Find out more about Fresh Hope Produce by visiting their website at or at 219-714-2711 or email to