Michelle Obama Urges Mayors to Adopt Chicago’s Food-Desert Fight

Michelle Obama returned to her hometown yesterday to implore mayors across the U.S. to follow the lead of Chicago, which has shrunk the size of its so-called food deserts, where families can’t easily buy healthy foods. “Think about all the neighborhoods that could be transformed, because people want to live in communities where they have resources,” Obama said in Chicago following a summit hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on strategies to increase the availability of healthy, affordable food in underserved communities. “And a grocery store — a good-quality grocery store — is the first step.” Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pledged in July to open or expand as many as 300 stores by 2016 under Obama’s campaign to provide more nutritious food in poor rural and urban areas.

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