- Associated Press - Thursday, December 14, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - One of central Vermont’s largest employers says they’re stepping up their annual charity contribution from $1 million to $2 million next year.

In an announcement Tuesday, National Life Insurance Company CEO Mehran Assadi says they’re “declaring war” on child hunger in the state.

He tells WPTZ-TV that it’s hard to believe 33,000 children are food insecure in the state. And with the company doing well, he says it’s time to give back.

The donation will go toward the National Life Foundation. Part of the donation also will launch a $50,000 grant for organizations that help improve the Montpelier community.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott thanked the company’s leadership team, saying they consistently “go above and beyond.”

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