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Michelle Obama announces campaign to feed 5,500 Detroit families

Detroit — The Partnership for a Healthier America, with its honorary chair Michelle Obama, announced Tuesday its “Pass the Love” campaign will deliver meals to families facing food insecurities in Detroit.

Over four weeks in July, 5,500 Detroit families will receive meal kits, with recipes and ingredients inspired by the Netflix series, “Waffles + Mochi.” The Partnership for a Healthier America and Focus: HOPE plan to distribute 264,00 healthy meals to families in Detroit and a total of 1 million meals across the country.

Michigan residents have faced high rates of food insecurity since long before the pandemic when 1.3 million people in the state lacked access to nutritious food. COVID-19 has greatly exacerbated this problem, and now as many as 1.9 million individuals are estimated to be food insecure, according to a fall 2020 report from the Michigan Governor’s Food Security Council.

The former first lady touted the partnership Tuesday on Twitter, saying she’s “Thrilled to announce that Detroit will be our latest partner city.”

“We’ll be distributing healthy meal kits there soon, and with your help, we can reach even more families in need. I hope you’ll donate at,” Obama tweeted.

The producers of the Netflix series “Chef’s Table,” as well as “Salt Fat Acid Heat,” and “Ugly Delicious,” is also behind the food show with puppet characters Waffles and Mochi who travel the world learning about cuisine alongside Obama and television stars.