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Watch Live: First Lady Michelle Obama Makes an Announcement on Access to Healthy, Affordable Food

There are 23.5 million Americans – including 6.5 million children – who live in rural and urban areas across the country that lack stores likely to sell affordable and nutritious foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables. These areas are called food deserts and earlier this year, USDA launched an interactive tool that lets you find these locations on a map.

Studies show that communities with greater access to supermarkets consume more nutritious foods which is why the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity identified access to healthy, affordable foods as one of the key pillars to solving the childhood obesity epidemic.

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama will make an important announcement on access to healthy, affordable food. Watch the announcement live beginning at 2:15 p.m. EDT at

Check out this video to learn more about communities, where access to affordable, quality and nutritious foods is limited and what the Administration is doing to eliminate food deserts across the country within seven years.