First Lady Brings Healthy Food to Inner City

Michelle Obama and Rahm Emanuel push for affordable health food in poor areas.
2:10 | 10/26/11

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-- this morning's bringing America back First Lady Michelle Obama in Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel are teaming up to bring healthy food to poor communities. These tough times of unemployment so high poverty and hunger are on the rise in America. A problem made worse by the fact that -- and affordable fruits and vegetables are so hard to find in so many low income areas. In Chicago yesterday the First Lady and the mayor promoted a plan to turn that around. The First Lady was back home Tuesday. Touring a farm on Chicago's south side. A farm in the middle of what she calls a desert. I saw this grown up in my own community you know. Start now with wonderful grocery stores and places to go you could walk down the street but slowly but surely is at the -- -- many of these. Resource is just disappeared. They're called food desert areas like this one with a little access to grocery stores selling fresh fruits and vegetables. 23 and a half million low income Americans live more than a mile from one forced to rely on readily available fast food or processed foods. Which can spark higher obesity rates. The -- -- people don't know or don't want to do the right thing they just have to have access to the to the foods that they know will make their families healthier. So Michelle Obama is joining forces -- their old friend and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Now the mayor of Chicago. But this is actually a serious issue. With a real solutions. To very real problems in people's lives. Emanuel is called a summit -- mayors from across the country to talk solutions like cutting red tape to make neighborhoods attractive to chain grocery stores. So far 36 stores have signed on. Ranging from traditional grocery stores to mega retailers like Walgreens and Wal-Mart all this is to give people. Economic growth job creation access to fresh fruits and vegetables in their neighborhood. That's great news for Nikki Garrett in her family will be coming this food pantry to find fresh food to demand so high on this night the line goes -- the block. I want my kids you know they like even they love mrs. Wilson no fruits and vegetables they love -- -- -- -- Atlanta Atlantans from.

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