WHEREAS, there is an increasing awareness of hunger in the United States and worldwide; and,
WHEREAS, there are more than 821 million people around the world who do not have enough food to eat and

one in every 9 people on our planet go to bed hungry every night; and,

WHEREAS, 24,000 people die every day from hunger related causes; and every 10 seconds a child dies because

of hunger-related causes; and,

WHEREAS, 16% of American households struggle to put food on the table; and,

WHEREAS, visits to food shelves in Minnesota have reached a record high of 3.4 million each year; and,

WHEREAS, hunger becomes a cycle of unhealthy pregnancies, poor nutrition in children, chronic health

problems leading to lack of education and ability to work; and,

WHEREAS, in the past ten years, Martin County Kids Against Hunger has packaged over one million meals and

raised over $282,000 to cover the cost of those meats; and,

WHEREAS, the “Kids Against Hunger ” food packet is a nutritionally fortified meal that can be made by just

adding water to feed a family of six for less than $2; and,

WHEREAS, Martin County volunteers have organized the Eleventh Annual Martin County Kids Against Hunger

Pack for Saturday, February 16, 2019, 9:00 am -4:00 pm, at St, John Vianney School with the goal of packing 125,000

meals; and,

WHEREAS) volunteers of all ages are eiicoziraged to participate or donate and make a difference in the lives of

many children and families in Martin County and around the. World.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Deborah J. Foster, Mayor of the City ofFairmont, Coimty of Martin, Minnesota, do

hereby proclaim Saturday, February 16, 2019, as:

Kids Against Hunger Day

and call upon all Fairmont and Martin County citizens to recognize and support the efforts of Martin County Kids

Against Hunger in packing life-saving meals for local food shelves and Mission-Haiti.