The reason we are here today is that 842 million people on our planet are either starving to death or malnourished. That’s 1 out of every 8. In America, it’s 1 out of every 6. We don’t have kids starving to death on the streets, but 1 out of every 4 or 5 American children goes to bed hungry. In New England, there are nearly two million people who struggle to make it every month. In VT, there are 80,000. In Rutland County, there are 8,000 hungry people—2,000 of which are kids. If everyone in New England who has food gave $13.95 and packaged meals for 22 minutes A YEAR, everyone else gets to eat every day. Conversely, the average American (man, woman, and child) spent over $800 on Christmas—whether or not they’re Christian—last year ($13.95 is less than 2% of that). Hunger is HUGE, but we can end it in our state.