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Michelle Obama partners with group providing 1 million meals to families in need

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Former first lady Michelle Obama is launching a nonprofit campaign that seeks to provide more than 1 million meals to families experiencing food insecurity.

The new campaign, called “Pass the Love w/ Waffles + Mochi” is a joint venture between Partnership for a Healthier America and Obama’s new children’s show on Netflix, “Waffles + Mochi.”

“Well this has been a hard year for millions. There are a lot of people who have lost work. There are people who are struggling to keep food on their table. There are families in this country today that are going hungry,” Obama said on the “Today” show.

“A goal of the Pass the Love campaign is to meaningfully shift our food culture starting with good food, prepared and enjoyed at home,” President and CEO of Partnership for a Healthier America Nancy E. Roman said in a statement. “By leveraging former First Lady Michelle Obama and the characters from Waffles + Mochi, WafflesandMochi.org does just that. With fun and engaging content that takes families on exciting food adventures without ever having to leave their homes, we’re excited to share this important resource with the world.”

The new website provides recipes and resources inspired by Obama’s new Netflix series while calling for donations to Partnership for a Healthier America.

A report from the U.S. Census Bureau released last week found that almost a third of households receiving unemployment insurance reported having a very difficult time paying for food, rent and other expenses.

Many households that used unemployment insurance to meet spending needs in the last seven days reported difficulty paying for food,” the report read. “Approximately 16.3% of these households reported that sometimes or often they did not have enough to eat due to a lack of funds compared to 8.0% of households that did not use unemployment insurance.”

Almost 75 percent of households with children on unemployment reported that their kids sometimes or often did not have enough food.

Tags Food and drink Food insecurity Food security Michelle Obama Netflix Partnership for a Healthier America Unemployment waffles and mochi

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