Former First Lady Michelle Obama says the initiative she was involved in will provide more than 100,000 nutritious meal kits to Fresno residents who need healthy food.
She announced this Tuesday on Twitter.
I am pleased to share with you that we will soon be distributing healthy meal kits to families in Fresno as part of the Pass the Love campaign with News!
We are very close to achieving our goal of providing 1 million meals, but we need your support.
Join us: https://t.co/s0WCBvE8HK pic.twitter.com/5fybhnPGPE
– Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 11 2022
Passing the campaign of love
Families may recognize Waffles and Mochi as the doll pals who star in the Netflix children’s cooking series of the same name alongside Obama.
With the show, Obama started the Pass the Love campaign, which raises money to distribute 1 million meals to families in need across the country, along with the nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America.
PHA says the campaign is inspired by the series, which tells the story of two puppet friends who “travel the world exploring the wonders of food and culture while learning how to cook using the freshest ingredients.”
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Melissa Montalvo of The Fresno Bee reported Tuesday that the PHA and its local partner, the Central California Food Bank, will distribute 120,000 healthy meals to food-insecure Fresno families.
“We are grateful and honored to have been chosen by the Partnership for a Healthier America for uniting efforts in educating and raising awareness about health and hunger in Central California,” Kim Dilden, co-CEO of the Central California Food Bank, told The Bee. “We’ve seen a huge rise in needy people in our community and this partnership with the ‘Pass the Love w/ Waffles + Mochi’ campaign could not have come at a better time.”
The campaign started in the summer of 2021
Food distributions are designed to enhance the ability of local nonprofits to tackle food insecurity. The effort began last summer in cities such as Atlanta, Cleveland and Philadelphia.
Obama and his partners hope that the meal kits, which contain recipes that are fun, quick and easy to repeat, will expose families to preparing affordable meals and thereby improving overall health.
“Meal boxes that provide fresh food and a full range of ingredients to families are one way to reduce the impact of these (epidemic) disruptions to food access, and to have healthy meals on the table,” said Caitlin Caspi, a professor at the University of Connecticut. who studies food insecurity.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)