You may be asking why is this important to me ? I grew up in India and was often told not to waste food. The reason being two fold : food is medicine and fuel for the body, and to be grateful for having the ability to fulfill this basic human need. When I arrived in America I initially had the illusion that food was plenty and no one went hungry. I was wrong. In the last 10 years I have had the opportunity to visit several not for profit agencies in the metroplex and the realization of hunger in North Texas was shocking. 1 in 6 people are food insecure in north Texas, most of these young children. Food insecure children are sick more often and are more likely to suffer developmental delays. This leads to a spiral of other bad outcomes as the kid grows up to be an adult in the Dallas area. However there is hope. The partnership between grocery stores and non profit agencies is strengthened by the establishment of the North Texas Food Bank that aligns the distribution and needs of the community. North Texas Food bank lowers food waste and the cost of procuring food for these agencies. A large volunteer base is involved in all stages of this food distribution. On the occasion of Navaratri ( Nine Nights) in which we celebrate prosperity, knowledge and empowerment I would like your help in raising awareness of Food insecurity in North Texas and contributing to the North Texas Food Bank. In these 9 nights and 10 days I would like to raise atleast $100 per day to amount to $1000 at the end of the period. That would help serve 3000 meals ( $1 = 3 meals) and that is a lot of happy tummies.