Michelle Obama Announces Plan to Feed Families in Detroit While Promoting Her Netflix Series

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June 23, 2021 ~ Tuesday, The Partnership for a Healthier America and PHA Honorary Chair Michelle Obama announced Detroit was the newest city chosen for their ‘Pass the Love w/Waffles + Mochi’ campaign, which will deliver meals to Detroit families in need.

The donation is part of a larger promotion of Michelle Obama’s new Netflix original cooking and travel series: Waffles + Mochi.  The show is produced by Higher Ground Productions, a production company founded by Michelle Obama and Former President Barack Obama.

We want to make sure that no matter where you live or how tight your budget, you can access good food for your family,” says Michelle in the promotional video for the show.  “Because we want everyone to join Waffles and Mochi on their amazing journeys, and you might not even have to leave your kitchen.”

The Partnership for a Healthier America is a nonprofit organization created with, but separate from, Michelle Obama’s 2010 Let’s Move! Campaign.  Michelle is currently serving as Honorary Chair of the organization.

5,500 families in Detroit will receive meal kits complete with ingredients and recipes inspired by Waffles + Mochi.  The campaign aims to distribute 264,000 meals throughout Detroit, and more than 1-million meals nationwide.

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 WafflesAndMochi.org,” Obama tweeted.

According to the Michigan Food Security Council, as many as 1.9 million Michiganders are estimated to be food insecure.

The meals will be sourced and assembled by Genuine Foods, and distributed over four weeks in July at Focus: Hope in Detroit.

I know this initiative will help many families experience the joy of cooking together, and I’m grateful that Focus: HOPE is able to play a role in distributing the meal kits to families throughout Metro Detroit,” said Focus: HOPE CEO Portia Roberson.