The Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT in New Milford has been approved by the Department of Revenue Services, in a select group of charities, to participate in the Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program.

Through this program, businesses can receive a credit of 60 percent of their approved contribution to the Community Culinary School.

The business application, the NAA-02, will be available on the NAA website in a new format for submission by Sept. 15. Submissions that are mailed, hand delivered, or emailed will not be accepted.

The contribution must be cash and needs to be made in the corporation’s income year that corresponds to the same year as the approved program.

Although a business has until the end of the year to donate, the form must be filled out by Sept. 15.

Information on the NAA Tax Credit Program, as well as donation FORM NAA-02, can be found at: https://portal.ct.gov/DRS/Credit-Programs/Neighborhood-Assistance/Neighborhood-Assistance-Act-Tax-Credit-Program.

“We have been able to pivot from our usual day-to-day activities and react to the needs of people during the pandemic by increasing our feeding programs,” said Community Culinary School Executive Director Dawn Hammacott.

“This has been possible, due in large part, to generous donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations, as well as donations of food from area food producers,” she said.

“The community has aided our efforts, in so many ways,” she said. “New Milford Hospital held a food drive, the Washington Coalition of Congregations is collecting donations of fresh produce and money at the Washington farmers market, the First Congregational Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church, both of New Milford, have partnered to plant a garden, all to help us continue this important work,” she said. “We are humbled by this outpouring of support for our efforts and gratified to be able provide for those in need in our town.”