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Michelle Obama Gives Shout-Out to Fresno for Surpassing Healthy Meals Goal



The Pass the Love initiative distributed 120,000 healthy meals to Fresno families and more than 1 million nationwide. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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Michelle Obama gave a shout-out to Fresno on Tuesday for putting the Pass the Love campaign over the top and surpassing its national goal of giving 1 million healthy meals to food-insecure families.

Earlier this year, the Partnership for a Healthier America teamed with the Central California Food Bank to pass out 120,000 healthy meals to 2,500 Fresno families.

Fresno was the final stop of the campaign, which also served families in Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, and Philadelphia.

“Hey, Fresno! Thanks to your support, we’ve made a difference in the lives of so many families through our ‘Pass the Love’ campaign,” said the former first lady in a video posted to PHA’s YouTube channel. “We couldn’t have done this without you. So, whether you passed out meal kits or talked to your neighbors about healthy eating, I just want you to know how grateful I am and I hope you’ll keep passing the love. Thanks again”

A Fresno family receives healthy meals and recipes during the Pass the Love campaign. (James Ramirez)

Obama is PHA’s honorary chair and the public face of the food distribution initiative, which provided families with meal kits featuring recipes inspired by the Netflix series “Waffles + Mochi.”

Fresno Families Received Four Weeks of Healthy Meals

“We are beyond excited to have rounded out the million meals goal right here in Fresno. Families across our country received four weeks of healthy meals, learned useful cooking skills, and tried brand new recipes,” said Kym Dildine, co-CEO of Central California Food Bank.

“The ‘Pass the Love’ campaign provided our community with hope and sustenance through a creative and interactive program, and we are thankful to have been one of the participating cities in the U.S.”

Watch: Passing the Love With Healthy Meals in Fresno

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email