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July 21st, 2011
09:55 AM ET

Walmart and Walgreens to bring fresh food to underserved communities

According to the USDA, close to 14 million people in the U.S. live in so-called "food deserts" where they don't have easy access to fresh fruit, vegetables or meats.

As a part of her "Let's Move" campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama is attempting to tackle this issue, announcing yesterday that Walmart, Walgreens, Supervalu (Save-a-Lot), and regional retailers are going to make healthy, affordable food available in under-served communities.

Walmart has pledged to open between 275 to 300 new stores in "food desert" areas and Walgreens has promised to sell fresh fruit and vegetables at one thousand of its stores.

Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs at Walmart, and Gregory Wasson, president and CEO of Walgreens,  join Ali Velshi on American Morning today to talk about the endeavor and to discuss how they will make the initiative successful despite the poor economy.

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