Monday, October 24, 2011

First Lady's Chicago Food Desert Summit Is Sandwiched Between Campaign Fundraisers

East Wing announces addition to Mrs. Obama's schedule...
UPDATE, Oct. 25: CLICK HERE for a full post about the summit
First Lady Michelle Obama will attend a fundraiser for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign mid-day on Tuesday in Detroit, Michigan before traveling to Chicago, Illinois for her Let's Move! food desert summit. The East Wing announced the event as part of Mrs. Obama's schedule for the first time on Monday evening. Mrs. Obama will attend a fundraiser after the food desert event, too, in the evening in Chicago. That event was previously announced as part of the First Lady's schedule.

At 12:55 PM on Tuesday, "Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee reception in Detroit covered by a print pooler," the East Wing said in its evening media guidance. The even will be held at the Westin Book Cadillac. President Obama visited the Detroit area on Oct. 6th, with President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea.

At 2:45 PM, Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks in Chicago for the food desert summit. "Mrs. Obama will be delivering the closing remarks for a mayoral summit on access to healthy, affordable food," the East Wing said. The First Lady will do so at a Walgreens store located at 11 East 75th Street. She will be joined by the 8 mayors who have been invited to the summit.

The Mayors will have spent their day in Chicago meeting with Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass and other Administration officials involved with the Let's Move! campaign.

At 3:50 PM, Mrs. Obama will tour Iron Street Urban Farms, a 7-acre site on Chicago’s South Side that "produces local, healthy, and sustainable food year-round." She will be joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who first announced the First Lady's visit to the Windy City last week.

At 6:40 PM, Mrs. Obama "will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee reception in Chicago," the East Wing said. The fundraiser is at Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd.

The food desert appearances are Mrs. Obama's first public events in Chicago since becoming First Lady. The names of the invited Mayors were announced today.