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

Comments (21)
  1. IwonderIf says:

    Hmm no racist comment yet?
    No ignorant conservative based comments either?

    Must be the heat wave

    1. Max says:

      LOL, just give it time, the racist comments are inevitable….

    2. J says:

      HMM no selfish, arrogant, ego-soaked liberal labeling towards conservatives yet. must be a free sample somewhere.

    3. MKIA says:

      Wow! Glad we could have an honest frank discussion.

      1. IwonderIf says:

        you don’t seriously come here looking for a ” honest frank discussion” do you?

        1. MKIA says:

          Would have been refreshing.

  2. Allan says:

    I didn’t know SuperValu sold horse food

    1. IwonderIf says:

      And Allan Saved the day!!!!! Such a classy and genuine comment folks.. Natural comedian.. Just when I was starting to wonder where are all the stupid people!!!

  3. MARK says:

    It’s my sincere hope that all conservatives ignore the sensible advice from the First Lady and continue to eat garbage and smoke heaters like they’re going out of style.

    1. lwonderlf says:

      You mean the First Wookie

      1. The real IwonderIf says:

        very very funny and also once again super original..

  4. Nordberg says:

    Did somebody say “desert”? I will take some key lime pie please!

    1. The Architect says:



  5. Give Me Liberty says:

    Looks like lwonderlf has the assignment to be the politically correct police on the Obama blog. All the mean spirited venomous left loonies are assigned to do proactive posting on the Bachmann blog.

    Guess the rational right needs to give him something to keep him busy for the rest of the day so here goes…

    First the government tells you what to eat, then they’ll tell you how much, and then comes the rationing. Welcome to the Socialist States of America!

    1. Purple Yoda says:

      Whats your IQ pal…40 or less? Now sit back turn on FOX SPEWS and play with yourself…that’s a good TeapubliCON

    2. IwonderIf says:

      Well said – I wouldn’t expect any more of less from you.. Very interesting handle. Patrick’s speech ” Give me liberty or give me death” right.. You should read that speech again. you might discover that your idea of what is rationality is really insanity. Good Luck out there

      Stay Angry Friends

      1. Give Me Liberty says:

        The anger will reamin until the socialists leave the country. Next year’s headlines. Supervalue pays no taxes. Welcome to the Obama corporate payoff program.

        “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” — Thomas Jefferson

  6. Sam I am says:

    Rainbow has better prices and coupon deals. So no scratch off my back.

  7. dan says:

    I would think that SuperValu could find someone at least in shape to be a sponsor. Not an ideal picture of health.

  8. justaxnspend says:

    All I want to see is the stock price bounce back from it’s historical low, which
    is where it’s at now. So how is this going to help…..oh ya it’ll be endorsed by
    the Obamas…..yipppi !!!!!

  9. Sheryl Aukes says:

    In case nobody noticed, the healthy food is more expensive the the junk food. That is why people are obese. They can’t afford the healthy food. Lower the prices of the healthy food and increase the price of junk food then people will start getting healthy. They just don’t get it.

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