First lady takes on 'food deserts'
July 20th, 2011
04:05 PM ET
3 years ago

First lady takes on 'food deserts'

(CNN) – Michelle Obama unveiled the latest push in her healthy-eating campaign Wednesday, announcing several national and regional food retailers have pledged to expand into a string of low-income markets where finding nutritious food options is nearly impossible.

"If a parent wants to pack a piece of fruit in a child's lunch, if a parent wants to add some lettuce to a salad at dinner, they shouldn't have to take three city busses…to go to another community to make that possible," the first lady said at during a White House event marking the new effort.

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  1. obama victim

    given the size of her butt...mayge she should have an apple

    July 20, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. YOYO

    i wonder what Rush and Fox news has to say about this one

    July 20, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    WAIT A MINUTE... I can see it coming now!! It's the Obama "CASH for Cucumbers" plan to stimulate the economy!! Buy 10 cucumbers and you're eligible to a $1,000 tax credit on your income tax return. THANK YOU NANNY MICHELLE!! We would have NEVER had the opportunity to buy those rare and special cucumbers if it wasn't for you and our dear leader Kim Sung Obama!!!

    July 20, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Welcome back First Lady. I haven't heard much from you lately.

    I'm so glad you're doing what you're doing. Parents, teachers and ALL intelligent people applaud your efforts. However, we have those with in society with lesser IQs who will find fault with you no matter what. I'm so glad we have a First Lady now who is tackling real issues not just those black and white ones.
    As a parent and supporter I say thank you.

    July 20, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Thank you Mrs. Obama. Seeing your girls continue to be so normal is a testimony to you and your husband.
    @obama victim – you probably are the one who needs to eat an apple a day.
    It's really sad that you and @democrat warfare can't get past the fact that we are a Nation of fat/obese children who don't exercise and when they eat they eat stuff that is not healthy.
    You were probably against laura's reading for kids, right? Then again, it WAS the shrub's wife so that is okay!

    July 20, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    I'm so glad we have a First Lady now who is tackling real issues
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    yes, the severe fruit shortage in this country was causing rioting in the streets where I live. The black market price of grapes is through the roof. Thank God the government will step in with a 20,000 person government bureacracy to ensure apples and grapes are free on every corner. We can all sleep a little easier tonight knowing our dearest leader is tendingto the realy important matters.

    July 20, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. SecedingfromTexas

    @Obama victim and Democrat Class Warfare and Race Baitin
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    Freedom of speech allows for all types of people to speak their minds. However, you have to have a mind before
    you can make sense. Just keep eatin' those three squares, lookin' in that mirror, and steppin' on them scales.
    Bet you would qualify for World's Biggest Loser, in more ways than one.

    July 20, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    can't get past the fact that we are a Nation of fat/obese children who don't exercise and when they eat they eat stuff that is not healthy
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    It means we have a nation of lazy parents that aren't doing their job as parents. Now you have doctors actually saying these kids should be taken from their parents because the kids obesity is child neglect. Government is NOT the solution to every problem in the world. My tax money shouldn't be wasted on YOUR fat kids because you are too lazy to do your job as parents.

    July 20, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |