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Healthy food initiative coming to Atlanta and helping families in need

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Gené Hunter
Gené Hunter
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(ATLANTA, Ga.) Former First Lady Michelle Obama took on the mission to bring healthier meals and food options to schools and now she is bringing healthy meals to homes.

Obama serves as the Honorary Chair of the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and in collaboration with Higher Ground Productions, she is bringing the Pass the Love w/ “Waffles + Mochi” campaign to Atlanta in June.

Families throughout the city will receive meal kits, ingredients and recipes inspired by Obama’s Netflix series “Waffles + Mochi.” The show, its characters and Mrs. Obama aims to shift food culture toward more affordable, fun, at-home meals for families of every income level.

The campaign plans to distribute over 400,000 meals throughout Atlanta and other partner cities.

“It’s no secret that the pandemic has been far tougher on some Americans than others, especially when it comes to health and hunger. So it couldn’t be more clear that addressing these widening gaps in America means addressing the inequities that persist when it comes to affordable, nutritious food,” Obama said in a statement.

“Together with PHA, we’re bringing healthy meal kits to economically disadvantaged communities, and I’m so proud that we’ve now taken such a meaningful step toward our goal of distributing 1 million meals to families in need.”

One of the campaign’s missions is to raise awareness of food equity throughout the city and help communities with the highest levels of childhood poverty.

Partners like Walmart and Blue Apron will work alongside PHA to provide the meal kits to families.

Additional aid and funding will be provided by Bounty and individual donors across the country. Due to the support of companies, the meal kits will be provided to families and individuals free of charge.

The meal kits will be distributed over four weeks and will collaborate with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to manage local distributions.