Michelle Obama-endorsed free meal program to help 5,000 Philadelphia-area families

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A free meal kit program for food-insecure families will soon be available for thousands of people throughout the Philadelphia region.

Championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama, the Pass the Love campaign kicks off in August and will run for three weeks.

"When we were thinking about cities that might make a great partner for our Pass the Love campaign, we [asked] 'What place would be better than the City of Brotherly Love?'" said Nancy Roman with the Partnership for a Healthier America.

She explained the organization spearheading the initiative will provide three meals a week to about 5,000 families across the Delaware Valley.

"These are high quality meals that many associate with elite services that have provided meal kits," Roman said.

Roman shared that she hopes the meals, which take between 10-20 minutes to make, will immediately meet an emergency need. She also believes the meal program can help develop skills to eat healthy in the future.

"What we're hoping to do is compete with fast food, so that people can still have the convenience of a great meal," Roman said.

"They can still have the deliciousness of a great meal that you might swing by and pick up at a drive-thru, but you'll have something that's a whole lot better for you."