Skip to comments.First lady takes on 'food deserts'
Posted on 07/20/2011 1:52:48 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
First lady takes on food deserts
Posted by: CNN White House Producer Alexander Mooney
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 childs lunch, if a parent wants to add some lettuce to a salad at dinner, they shouldnt 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.
National chains participating in the partnership include Wal-Mart, Walgreens and SuperValu, which have agreed to open or expand more than 1,000 locations as part of the effort to eliminate what the Department of Agriculture calls food deserts throughout the country.
A handful of regional retailers are also involved, including Calhoun foods, an Alabama-based chain that currently serves low-income communities with six stores. The minority-owned company, which in the depths of the recession two years ago was forced to cut back workers hours to avoid layoffs, said they plan to open 10 additional stores in the coming years in currently under-served communities. CEO Greg Calhoun as well as Jimmie Coleman, a manger at the chain, were on hand for the event.
The White House says the collective effort will result in serving nearly 10 million Americans who currently have little affordable food alternatives to convenience stores and fast food chains.
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She’s eating them all - and her ass is growing even more!
Too bad that great entrepreneurial spirit has tried this before. The reason they are “food deserts” is because these places get ripped off and robbed constantly...owner closes and no more lettuce available in ‘da hood.
It’s called inventory shrinkage in the business. People helping themselves to food without paying. That’s why there are no grocery stores in the inner cities.
Until you can change that (good luck), no dice.
“The White House says the collective effort will result in serving nearly 10 million Americans who currently have little affordable food alternatives to convenience stores and fast food chains.”
Do they just make this sh!t up? Ummmmm yes they do.
Go chomp a double cheese, fries and a shake Moochelle and I will drive all over town looking for a salad. Really? Drive all over town or take a bus? Where do these people come from?
Liberal hypocrite Michelle Obama
> they shouldnt have to take three city busses
to go to
> another community to make that possible
Maybe if it wasn’t economic suicide to open stores in those areas, they wouldn’t have to.
SHUT YOUR FAT, UGLY MOUTH.....
They don’t pack lunches you idiot! The kids are on free lunch!
For about $1.50/week, Amazon will ship groceries to you without charge. Ex.: 50lbs rice for ~$63, to your door.
If you’re in a desert, you leave because there is no food.
If you’re in a “food desert”, LEAVE.
$1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/
Hey First Cow, when you want ribs you just take a LIMO and stop traffic!
“Food Deserts” are usually in urban areas where grocery stores can’t survive because of shoplifting, robbery, and other crime.
Let ‘em eat cake.
Post #5——Michelle at prayer.
(Praying that she’ll find more food deserts.)
If there is a market for fresh vegetables someone will pop up to service it. These companies are agreeing to lose money in exchange for the good publicity.
Yes, but a chase and follower car bracketing a trailer with a WIDE LOAD banner is equivalent to “Carbon Credits!”
ADD; Elitist affirmative action jerk. Yes, America sees you eating.
So. Mobama is concerned about so called “food deserts” in the low income neighborhoods.
Well, howzabout she pillow talk her husband into cutting out the welfare and food stamps that allows Holder’s people to buy soda and junk food at the local corner store?
Now THAT would be a step in the right direction.
I thought demoRATs & unions hated the mega-stores like Wal-Mart, and I am sure that Walgreens & SuperValu draw the same heaping scorn from the marxist lefties. But all of a sudden phat ass mabelle-michelle promotes an idea and the slobbering, fawning marxist media fall all over themselves slobbering what a great idea it is. For two reasons -- she's black & she's a socialist. Any white conservative woman who would have suggested it, would have been savagely attacked for going against unions.
On a side note, it looks like phat-ass mabelle-michelle is already packing extra watermelons in her bloated thighs & big butt.
This the new “Wookiie war cry”?
Reading between the lines here makes me wonder if there are going to be government subsidies for these retailers to do this.
“The Obama administration is committing $35 million to the effort this year and is proposing $330 million from the budget next year.”
Sooooo...these stores aren’t exactly ‘volunteering’, are they?
do as i say not as I do...........
This is particularly amusing coming from the First Grease trap.
This is an example of how government give an advantage to big business over small ones. A small company couldn’t afford to do this.
Every time a Food Lion etal tries to move into an Urban area, there is community opposition. They don’t want “those jobs”.
So CNN can’t spell “dessert”.
So Michelle doesn’t like “food desserts”, preferring “turd desserts” instead, I reckon.
mabelle-michelle’s open palm clap... to make herself appear more dainty. Guess what phat ass mabelle-michelle? It’s not working!
That first quote,about taking three city buses to get some lettuce is mind-bobblingly as dishonest and ludicrous as anything her hubby’s said, or any part of his own agenda.
But they do have a knack for coming up with these catchy
conceits that will get parroted back by the faithful for as long as the Zeros are in power. Sure, force retailers to participate, and stick them with all that spoiled produce:
another way to undermine capitalism and break the system.
Hmmmm, I missed that twist. Good thing we have plenty of money.
Soon all these pronouncements will just be a bad memory, if even that.
They may think they get good publicity. They want to do charity work, go ahead be my guest, but I won’t be shopping at these stores.
My money and my feet go elsewhere.
A company struggling to survive that had to lay off
employees is now going to open ten stores is blighted
areas....how exactly are they going to afford to do
that? I thought so.
When will our national nightmare (the Obamas) end?
People's eating habits aren't going to change simply because Wal-Mart offers low cost healthy items.
If the residents of the "low-income markets" didn't rob food retailers blind, there would already be food retailers there.
As a matter of fact, they used to be in those areas before the Section 8 crowd took over.
Why doesn't the First Wookie have the residents of her "food deserts" pledge to not rob the food retailers blind?
Or would that be racist?
There may not be any food deserts. The July 7 issue of The Economist had an article about the so called food deserts, and notes that “the definition of a food desert is any census area where at least 20% of inhabitants are below the poverty line and 33% live more than a mile from a supermarket.” That is, the USDA only looks at supermarkets. It ignores roadside stands, superstores, health food stores, etc. It seems the whole notion of food deserts may be bogus.
Oh, you said "deserts"? Never mind.
They’ll have to build them like the old Automats! Your head of lettuce will be behind an unbreakable windowed door. You’ll have to put your money in a slot to open the little door and get you Arugala!
For some reason I always hear the intro to Wide World of Sports when I see this one...
"...Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety..."
“proposing $330 million from the budget next year...”
——that’s funny-—I don’t think they’ve ever paid anyone
off to “see it their way”.......have they.....?
Most likely they will be subsidized or given tax incentives to open up in these locations