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Supervalu, First Lady Team Up For ‘Healthier America’

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Supervalu, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America are teaming up to increase access to healthy foods nationwide.

The Twin Cities grocer said Wednesday it plans to open an additional 250 of its “Save-A-Lot” food stores within the next five years.

The goal is to make healthier foods, like fresh vegetables, fruits and meats more accessible to “food deserts.”

Food deserts are areas that have limited or no access to healthy food options.

Supervalu CEO Craig Herkert said he’s excited to work with Michelle Obama in battling childhood obesity.

“We applaud the First Lady for her efforts to really get after this vexing issue in America.”

Herkert said the new stores are projected to provide approximately four million people with affordable food options while creating thousands of jobs.

“We’re really pleased to be partnering with the First Lady on this and the opportunity to add 6,000 jobs,” said Herkert.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

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