First Lady Michelle Obama to Visit Inglewood Market

The site of the Northgate Gonzales Market in Inglewood is one of the First Lady's final stops on her LA trip

By Jonathan Lloyd and John Cadiz Klemack
|  Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012  |  Updated 6:33 AM PDT
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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4188 -- Pictured: (l-r) First Lady Michelle Obama during an interview with host Jay Leno on January 31, 2012 -- Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC

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First Lady Michelle Obama will visit the site of a fresh food market Wednesday to talk about her campaign to end childhood obesity as she wraps up her visit to Southern California.

The Northgate Gonzales Market project in Inglewood is financed by the California FreshWorks Fund, a public-private financing fund that has raised $264 million to invest in under-served neighborhoods. The Northgate project and projects in South LA and the City Heights area of San Diego are part of the initiative.

The project reflects Obama's goals through her "Let's Move!" program, which is dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity.

Based in Anaheim, Northgate operates about 35 similar markets throughout Southern California. It started with a 2,000-square-foot market in Anaheim. Two generations of the family that established the business -- immigrants from Jalostotitlan, Jalisco -- now work in stores and corporate offices.

She is scheduled to attend a fundraising luncheon at  Hancock Park home before leaving Los Angeles at about 1 p.m.

During a taping of the Tonight Show Tuesday, the First Lady offered Jay Leno and apple and honey.

She attended a Beverly Hills fundraiser later Tuesday at the home of Nicole Avant, the former U.S. ambassador to The Bahamas, and her  husband, Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for the Netflix Corp. The guest list included music industry  figures, such as Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones and Jerry Moss, and movie executives  Jeffrey Katzenberg and Harvey Weinstein.

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