Response to "Lederhosen, bratwurst, and beer …,” in light of the upcoming celebrations, it is important to remember that not everyone gets the food that they need to survive this time of year. It is estimated that globally nearly 50 percent of child deaths before the age of 5 are due to malnutrition (USAID). In the 21st century this is still shocking to hear. But it is not all doom and gloom, with upcoming elections in Maryland and 2019 appropriations, we need to continue as a community to encourage our Maryland representatives to push to end nutritional related child deaths. This goal is not only realistic and achievable, but also necessary and long overdue. Thank you for your time.