ESC normally runs a contest at this time of the year where we make a donation to the winners favorite charitable organization. This year we are not going to do it. In the United States: (latest statistics available) 38.2 million people were living in poverty (11.9%) in 2004. 11.9 million households were food insecure, up from 9.9 million in 2003. 19% of children living in the U.S, under 18 were living in poverty equal to 13.9 million children. This year we have donated $ 1000.00 to our local food bank. For those of you not familiar with food banks, they enjoy buying power. EVERY DOLLAR THEY SPEND BUYS $ 12.00 WORTH OF FOOD. It is a warm feeling knowing that our contribution will provide $ 12,000.00 worth of food to those who would otherwise be hungry. Many local food banks can not meet the demand and turn clients away. If every one of the 2,949 members of Control Booth were to donate just $ 10.00 to their local food bank . . . Our community would deliver $ 353.880.00 worth of food to the hungry. Tis the season.