First Lady Says Let’s Move More Produce
First Lady Michelle Obama joined leaders from major retailers today to announce commitments to open more than 1,500 new stores in underserved communities that don’t have access to fresh produce and other healthy foods. The stores will serve about 9.5 million Americans—including 6.5 million children—and may create tens of thousands of jobs. “We can give people all the information and advice in the world about healthy eating and exercise, but if parents can’t buy the food they need to prepare those meals because their only options for groceries are the gas station or the local minimart, then all that is just talk,” says First Lady Obama. “Let’s Move is about giving parents real choices about the food their kids are eating, and today’s announcement means that more parents will have a fresh food retailer right in their community.”
•Supervalu will open 250 Save-A-Lot stores over the next five years.
•Walgreens will expand its food offerings to include whole fruits and vegetables and other healthy options in at least 1,000 stores
•Walmart will open or expand up to 300 stores by 2016.