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Following the launch of her Let’s Move campaign to reverse the tide of childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Philadelphia this Friday, Feb. 19 for a day trip of activities highlighting a pillar of her program: access to healthy, affordable food in all neighborhoods.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will join Mrs. Obama in Philadelphia, making local stops to talk about the widespread problem of “food deserts” and highlighting the steps our city has taken to resolve this fundamental problem and get healthy, affordable food into every community.

President Obama’s proposed Fiscal Year 2011 budget earmarks $400 million dollars a year “to provide innovative financing to bring grocery stores to underserved areas and help places such as convenience stores and bodegas carry healthier food options.  Grants will also help bring farmers markets and fresh foods into underserved communities, boosting both family health and local economies.  Through these initiatives and private sector engagement, the Administration will work to eliminate food deserts across the country within seven years.”

Meal Ticket has requested press credentials for the First Lady’s Philadelphia visit and will be posting further on local efforts in the Let’s Move campaign.