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for them to fight this fire. >> and here is part of what is so alarming, as well. this is one of 88 fires that are burning 1.4 million acres across the u.s. right now. six new fires were reported just yesterday in california and nevada. state officials are declaring additional states of emergency to help combat the fires. good morning. and welcome to your "new day." i'm boris sanchez. >> good morning, i'm christi paul. let's talk about what we are seeing today. first of all, reliving the riot. u.s. capitol police officers who responded to the deadly january 6th insurrection are testifying on capitol hill this week. this is amid questions about which lawmakers will even serve on that commission. plus, surging cases as covid infections rise because of the delta variant. there is now data showing just how much of the u.s. population
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is fully vaccinated. plus, there is a legal battle brewing in one state that is set to reimpose mask mandates tomorrow. and striking gold. the u.s. wins its first olympic gold medal of the tokyo games. coronavirus, though, and now the weather are showing some problems potentially for the olympics. ♪ thank you so much for starting your week with us. it is sunday, july 25th. good morning to you and good morning to you, christi. >> good morning, boris. good to be with you. so we want to talk about this first. they put their lives on the line when that mob descended on the u.s. capitol and this coming week we will hear from the front line police officers ho responded to the attack. >> yeah, they are set to testify
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when the select committee on the january 6th riots holds its first hearing on tuesday. that hearing follows a political showdown over who actually is serving on that committee. house minority leader kevin mccarthy pulling his picks from the panel earlier this week after speaker nancy pelosi rejected two of them. now pelosi is considering whether to appoint another republican law enforcement. cnn congressional correspondent daniella diaz joins us now live from capitol hill. daniella, it sounds like it's going to be an emotional start to the hearing. what can you tell us about what we are going to see on tuesday? >> reporter: indeed, boris. this will be the first time that the public will see a lot of this video that -- from body-cam footage from the police officers that responded january 6th. the public has seen bits and pieces of this. but this will be a full hearing where they will get to see that. because these police officers
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are going to testify ahead of this -- or ahead of this panel for the first time for the first hearing for this select committee. look, there is still a lot we don't know about how this hearing going to play out, especially after this political hoedown, which you mentioned, between house speaker nancy pelosi and house minority leader kevin mccarthy. mccarthy actually appointed several republicans to this panel but two were rejected by pelosi. those people going congressman jim jordan and congressman jim banks. so as a result, mccarthy is not participating in this panel at all and it's unclear what pelosi is going to do going forward to try to make this a more bipartisan panel ahead of tuesday. i do need to mention, of course, there is one republican serving on this panel and that is congresswoman liz cheney. she was appointed by pelosi, not mccarthy, and of course she was ousted from republican leadership earlier this year for refusing to tout the big lie that the election was stolen
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from former president donald trump. so a lot of questions heading into tuesday. >> daniella diaz reporting live from capitol hill. thank you so much, daniella. with us now to discuss the committee's pivotal first hearing just two days away, the chief deputy whip of the democratic caucus, congressman dan kildee. thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> you were in the capitol during the insurrection and you have been open about some of the trauma you experienced with mobs calling for death. how do you anticipate it's going to feel listening to tulsa massacre testimony and re-live that happened that day? >> i am sure it will be difficult for any of us a part of that. i was trapped in the gallery after the evacuation with a handful of other members. but, you know, the witness has will testify in that first hearing, those are the people who felt it the worst. these are the people, the officers who were completely
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outgunned, outmanned, whose own leadership failed them, and 140 of them suffered very serious injury. obviously, some took their own lives. this was a deadly attack and we are going to hear from the people that felt it the worst. so as tough as it was for some of us, it was nothing like what those officers faced. >> yeah, it's difficult often to hear from those officers, especially given their frustrations when some of your colleagues in the house don't acknowledge the reality of what happened that day. i'm curious what specific questions you are hoping that this committee is going to bring up. what are you trying to learn through this investigation? >> well, i think, first of all, to understand the true events. the magnitude of the attack. hearing the officers, to hear their depictions of what took place is really an important
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moment to properly record the history of that day. but i think the committee, obviously, will have to look at the causes. how the security professionals, the leadership failed. why the national guard wasn't deployed. and then, of course, how this whole thing was organized. how much organization went into the attack. we know that it was not a completely spontaneous event. so we have to get to the bottom of this. and i think while the criminal investigation is important to hold individuals accountable, it's really important that the committee itself explore all of these questions to create the proper historical reference for this moment, but also to make sure that we can take the steps we need to take to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. >> congressman, i want to dig into something you said. it's been reported that house minority leader kevin mccarthy
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and other republican lawmakers spoke with the former president as this insurrection was unfolding. would you like to see testimony from mccarthy or trump himself? >> well, there is a critical moment when kevin mccarthy spoke to president trump and it's been reported secondhand that the president was essentially saying that, well, i guess kevin mccarthy wasn't as upset about the election as these people were, essentially implying that kevin's position wasn't the righteous one. unfortunately, for mr. mccarthy, that may have been a very brief moment of truth for him. but that wasn't a critical moment. i think there are a number of moments during the insurrection where there was communication between members of congress, perhaps president trump, maybe others at the white house, maybe the national guard leadership. that is really important information that will help us fully understand the events that allowed this attack to be as bad
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as it was. this is the reason that we want serious people who are willing to ask honest questions and seek the truth on this committee, not people like mr. banks or mr. jordan who are trying to pretend that this thing didn't happen, that it was some sort of a field trip. i think the speaker made the right call on that particular decision because of the questions that you raised that have to be the subject of the investigation the committee will conduct. >> congressman, house peeker pelosi says that the committee has a bipartisan quorum. right now the only republican on the committee is congresswoman liz cheney. cnn learned that the speaker is considering adding adam kinzinger, congressman from illinois, as another republican. broadly speaking, though, republicans have date canned they are not going to take the findings of this committee seriously. they are calling it a partisan hit job. how would potentially having
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someone like kinzinger on the committee potentially change that if not among your colleagues, then among republicans more broadly across the country? >> i think that's really the question, the second point. republicans more broadly. and really americans more broadly across the country. this shouldn't be a partisan effort. unfortunately, kevin mccarthy is contributing to that image because he's refusing to allow republicans to serve on the committee unless they are appointed by the speaker. in this case, he knew when he named those five individuals that the speaker would have the right to determine whether they were appropriate. that was the deal. that was the understanding at the outset. so the fact that we're finding ways to make sure that there is republican representation is because the speaker's committed to it. even if kevin mccarthy is not. >> now, congressman, we are more than eight months out from election day 2020 and the former
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president continues to spread the big lie. just last night in arizona he falsely told a crowd there that he won the election in that state and he again went after former vice president mine pence for doing his job for not trying to overturn the election on january 6th. i am curious, when you hear this kind of nonsense not only from the former president and his ac lights in congress that you have alluded to, what's your response? >> it's pretty frightening. it's not so frightening that this guy who i think is a deranged person anyway would say these things. what's frightening is there seems to be a good number of members of congress who are either going along with it or pretending to go along with it, and some percentage of the american people that are falling into this. there are good historic core let core letters for leaders who try to create their own set of truths and use those people who
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follow them to try to take power away from the people who legitimately are in power. this is what the president tried to do. this was an insurrection that took place on january 6th. what the president is continuing, the former president is continuing to try to do is continue to fuel the precondition to that insurrection. the reason that insurrection occurred is because they believed donald trump, many of them, believed donald trump, this big lie, and it caused them to take matters into their own hands. i mean, i think they were crazy. don't get me wrong. but i also think many of them actually believed this falsehood. so this is where president trump bears so much responsibility for any of the consequences of what he says. he is so accustomed throughout his life from being able to walk away from responsibility for his actions, pretend he didn't do what he did, and this is just another example of that. it's dangerous, and in this case it was deadly.
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>> yeah, and the historical precedent for this kind of myth-making, almost always leads to absolute disaster. congressman, i do want to get in a question about a separate issue. there are two massive infrastructure packages coming together in the senate. there is a bipartisan bill and a budget resolution that would unlock reconciliation. bernie sanders, the senate budget committee chair, says he is confident he can get all 50 democratic senators onboard to pass a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. you are in leadership and on the powerful house ways and means committee. based on your conversations with your colleagues, do you think that the $3.5 trillion price tag is enough to keep your caucus this line? >> well, you know, we have to deal with the reality that the senate, you know, holds half the power in this decision. and so i can speak for myself. i know a lot of my colleagues feel the same way. we need to do as much as we can
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do that we can get through the senate and maybe live to fight another day if there is more work to be done. we don't get any credit and we shouldn't get any credit for what we say we are in favor of. the american people want to see action. and the way i look at it, if we can get a $3.5 trillion investment in our future, knowing that we may have to come back in the next term passing this could give us the opportunity to do that. failing to do so puts everything at risk and we know that if the republicans are in charge, they are not going to do any of it. so i would favor the biggest t deal we can get through the senate knowing until we change this arcane jim crow relic called the filibuster, it's going to be tough to get much done. >> congressman dan kildee of michigan, we appreciate you sharing part of your weekend with us. thank you for joining us. >> thank you very much.
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all eyes on tuesday are going to be on the select committee's first hearing. you can join wolf blitzer for cnn's special coverage of that january 6th select committee's hearing beginning tuesday at 9:00 a.m. right here on cnn. just as covid cases are spiking nationwide, missouri's state attorney general is threatening to sue over a mask mandate in st. louis that is set to start tomorrow. we have more on that coming up. and listen, surfing is one of the events making its debut today. we are live from tokyo ahead.
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who are the heroes in yours? coronavirus pandemic is getting worse across the u.s. nearly every state is reporting an increase in infections as the more transmissable delta variant of the coronavirus surges. new -- >> new numbers --
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>> go ahead, boris. >> sorry, christi. number numbers show under half the population of the united states is fully vaccinated and the rise in infections and hospitalizations is being driven by the unvaccinated. communities are taking steps to curb the spread though. st. louis city and county will be requiring masks in indoor public places and on public transportation starting tomorrow, but missouri's attorney general says he will sue to stop the safety measures from being enforced. >> the truth is this. vaccines are effective. they are widely available and they are free. but there is this dangerous mix of vaccine hesitancy and misinformation in certain pockets of the country that is slowing efforts to end it. >> we are a year and a half into this and there is still waiting for information that they don't really even understand. you wouldn't ask your grocery store clerk what should you do about fixing your car's transmission. why would you listen to a
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neighbor about what they think about vaccines? >> and here is cnn's paolo sandoval with more. >> reporter: the delta variant driving new outbreaks this summer as vaccinations stall in the united states. florida currently one of the most infected states in the u.s. >> if the governor would lead more strongly and really lean into this and say, you know, people, you have got to get vaccinated, it's so important, it's life or death, i don't know why he is not doing it more. i really don't understand it. >> reporter: florida, missouri and texas are three states accounting for 40% of all cases nationwide. austin, texas, mayor recommending masks for all residents, even for those already vaccinated. but that's about all he can do. >> it's frustrating that the governor is attempting to limit our powers. it's even more frustrating that the message going to the community is mix ltd. >> reporter: in l.a. county, california, covid case and hospitalizations are again exploding. on saturday the county reported
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2,600 new cases. more than 60% of the county's eligible population has been fully vaccinated, but some individuals are wavering on getting vaccinated at all. >> there is a whole group of people who really are still struggling to understand how easy it is to get vaccinated. we'll provide anybody with transportation. we also got questions about whether they had to show their papers, can they get vaccinated if they are mexican, you know, no, you don't need any papers to get vaccinated and, of course, you can get vaccinated here in l.a. county regardless of immigration status. >> reporter: local vendors taking matters into their own hands when it comes to vaccinations in some instances. a recent in atlanta posting this photo, quote, for the safety of our staff, guests and community, no vax, no service. amid the rising number of in infections state and local leaders recommending masks be worn indoors even by those who are vaccinated. and with the new school year around the corner at least eight of the 20 largest school districts in the u.s. are making
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masks optional for students in school, while another nine are requiring masks. some districts like shelby county in tennessee are preparing for a return to classes with mask mandates. >> our parents are very supportive and they understand that in the state of tennessee there is a 200% increase of covid-19, specifically the delta variant. 7 700 new cases per day. you know, i have said it before and i am going to continue to say it. i am going to keep students safe. >> both the cdc and the fda saying in a statement that they currently are exploring multiple options how to make a third covid-19 vaccine dose available specifically to immunocompromised individuals should that become necessary. we should mention that a recent study found 44% of those people hospitalized with so-called breakthrough cases are immunocompromised people. we should remind people that
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currently that emergency use authorization only allows a maximum of two shots. we will see if that is needed for that segment of the population, the most vulnerable. >> thank you so much. so medical director the baylor college of medicine and emergency medicine physician is with us now. doctor, good to see you. i wanted to jump off a point that paolo was talking about. we are a week away from kids going back to school. parents are wondering how dangerous is this variant particularly for children. >> i think the variant is dangerous not only for children, but for all of us. we have to remember and think about just how quickly this delta variant has spread. from when it was first seen in the united states in march it wa went from 1% of cases to 50% of cases at the beginning of july and currently the delta variant makes up over 80% of cases. it is directly contributing to
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the precipitous increase in daily covid cases that we are seeing in the united states. now, there has been some back and forth in terms of mask guidance for schools. i think that the cdc really needs to take a look at what's going on and needs to make sure that their recommendations are going updated with the nature of the pandemic. >> so let me ask you, with the politicization of mask-wearing, do you believe a mask mandate would actually be effective or might it insert stronger opposition from people who already don't believe in its effectiveness? >> nothing about in pandemic should be political. unfortunately, it is, and that's why we are in the position that we are in. everything about coronavirus has to do with public health and nothing to do with politics. there are people that are still dying under necessarily from covid-19 when we have a safe and effective means to combat this pandemic. people need to get vaccinated. and if you are not going to get vaccinated, then you should wear
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a mask. you can't have it both ways. >> so friday the white house announced though a purchase of hundreds of millions of additional pfizer doses in part to be prepared in case those booster shots are needed. do you anticipate the necessity of boosters, and if so, when? >> i definitely think that we probably are going to need bus e shots. whether is the big question. for the pfizer and moderna people who were initially in those trials, it's been about a year since they first started testing the vaccines. so we should be able to see when that immunity starts to wane. we also know that while our current vaccines are effective against this new more dangerous delta variant they are not as effective as they were against the initial strains of coronavirus that first appeared. so, again, as more variants start to appear, we likely will need booster shots. >> well, i know white house aides said that they don't
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believe any new recommendations were imminent, but they acknowledge they have previously received little warning, they say, when the cdc updates its guidance. is part of the problem here, does there seem to be a disconnect between the cdc and the white house, or is this just a matter of, you know, fluid information at a time when we are all trying to decipher what this virus is and how it moves? >> there is a lot of disconnect between a lot of governing bodies. the cdc is saying one thing regarding mask guidance for children in schools, whereas the american academy of pediatrics is saying something else. pfizer came out and said they thought we would need booster shots and the fda said something different t seems that a lot of groups are functioning in silos instead of us all working together and looking at the data in order to come up with a strategy and a playbook that is best for the entire population. >> doctor, we always appreciate
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debut at tokyo games today. history is being made what is the second day of olympic competition, boris. >> yeah, but the covid crisis and even the weather is now looming over the games. let's get over to cnn's blake he isic live from tokyo. tell us about the new sports we are seeing this time around. skateboarding. >> that's right. history is being made at these
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olympic games. it started with -- excuse me. it started with the olympic cauldron being lit by naomi osaka on friday and now on the second full day of competition we get to talk about some olympic firsts. both surfing and skateboarding are making their olympic debuts. they is that today. 22-year-old yuto horigome of japan has won the first ever gold medal in skateboarding, winning the men's street competition. a huge moment for japan in skateboarding. horigome won the gold in the same city where he learned to skate as a kid, spending time at plazas and parks with his father who is also a street skater. there are also several other sports making debuts here in tokyo, including karate, speed climbing, baseball and softball making their return to the olympics after 13 years away. despite the history being made in tokyo, the legacy of the olympic games will be defined by
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the global health crisis. no question about that. before covid-19 turned the world on its head the weather was supposed to be making headlines here at these olympic games. and while cases in tokyo are surging and olympic-related cases climb. the weather could cause problems for organizers in the coming days. a tropical storm is approaching japan and could move and make landfall hitting japan and tokyo specifically on tuesday. now, the storm could bring heavy rain, strong winds and high waves. as a result, rowing, the rowing event, which has been set to take place on tuesday, has been pushed back to take place instead on wednesday because of that threat of the storm. now, while the surfers have avoided the tropical storm for now, other athletes have high temperatures to contend with as the heatstroke continues to be a constant problem and a threat throughout these games. to put that threat into perspective, according to
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japan's public broadcaster nhk, more than 50,000 people each year are hospitalized and hundreds die every year as a result of japan's heat, and it's worth pointing out that when the olympic games awere last held i tokyo in 1964, they were actually pushed back several months because of japan's high temperatures during the summer. boris, christi. >> all right. blake from tokyo, thank you so much. there is still much more ahead on "new day." first, a quick programming note for you. tonight be sure to catch a new cnn original series ""jerusalem: city of faith and fury." here is a quick preview. >> so herod the great builds buildings that will outlive him. he is trying to build his way out of depression. >> he built a series of fou
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shootings that involve children, one of them an 11-month-old baby shot and killed this week. so community leaders there in birmingham, alabama, are desperate for information and they are offering a $25,000 reward now for help in solving any of the cases such as katrina grady's. >> she is a good samaritan caught in a drive-by shooting and she stopped to help. that's when her 8-year-old daughter was shot. cnn's ryan young went to
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birmingham, alabama, looking for the reasons this is happening. >> reporter: a spike in homicides in alabama's most popular city. >> so easy to get a gun. >> reporter: birmingham police say homicides are up more than 16%. in 2020, birmingham saw the city's most homicides in 25 years. 122 people reported killed leaving residents desperate for change. >> i hate thinking about it because i never would have thought something like that would happen to my family. >> reporter: katrina gradedy is still coming to grips with what happened to her daughter in may. >> i froze up because i couldn't believe my baby just got shot. >> reporter: a nursing assistant, gradedy had stopped to help a car she saw on the side of the road. when shots rang out her 8-year-old daughter, kaitlin, was caught in the crossfire. >> she didn't even know she was shot in the head nor in the arm. >> right in this area here.
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>> reporter: kaitlin is just one of several children who have been the victim of an uptick of gun violence in the city this past year. >> what we are seeing an overabundance of guns. >> reporter: birmingham police chief patrick smyth says his officers are also dealing with an unprecedented number of guns on the street and not just any type of weapon. smith points to the availability of high-powered assault weapons leading to an increase in homicides across the city. >> we no longer have that argument or fistfight in the backyard anymore. it's an argument that leads directly to a handgun. >> reporter: what's behind the surge? chief smith points to a number of things, including covid-19 and its wide ranging impacts from less officers on the street to the impact on the city's court system. >> covid caused everything to shut down. people were let out of jail to eliminate the possibility of
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health threats to them for covid. >> reporter: the city of birmingham just allocated just under $100 million to the police department in next year's budget. >> every time i get the alert that someone has been killed or shot in our city, i think about my own mother. i consider the grieving mothers out here in our community. >> reporter: while the mayor says supporting the police department is a priority, he says they also need cooperation from the community. >> you are not going to arrest your way out of decreasing homicides. you need prevention measures, re-entry measures. >> and that requires community, partners. >> help me find the person responsible. >> reporter: katrina grady is encouraging people to say something when they see a crime take place. police are still looking for who is responsible for kaitlin's shooting, but grady is thankful she still has her daughter. >> thank you for praying for me. >> just to know that your child
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so businesses are starting to recover. more people are returning to work, which is good news. there are still so many people that need help. families are struggling to put food on the table every day and the demand is greater than ever because of the pandemic though places like food banks are having to rethink how best to serve their communities. well, ruth jones nichols is the president and ceo of the food bank of southeastern virginia and the eastern shore and she is with us now. ruth, so good to see you. talk to us about this mobile food bank that you have, mobile markets, because the foods that you are passing out aren't foods we normally see in food banks. is that correct? >> well, actually, over the past
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several years food banks across the country have been increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables that we distribute here in our service area, fresh fruits and vegetables representing one-third of what we distribute each year. however, we know that individuals are struggling to get to some of the traditional food pantries and meal programs. so the 757 mobile market is an innovative approach designed to take food closer to where individuals live or receive other important services. >> about how many households do you feed a day? >> each day with the 7 x 7 mobile market in particular we'll be able to serve 350 households but each year we serve over 330,000 individuals. and that's important to note for our service area but it's important to note that
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nationally because of the pandemic if there will be 13 million children with food insecurity. we serve thousands of individuals. but each year a total of millions of individuals. that's why it's so important to implement innovative solutions. >> it almost looks like it's a farmers market. virginia community college campus' latest statistics is that about a third of the students struggled to pay for food last fall and 30% are struggling it pay for housing. what did people say to you when they come in? did they talk much about their situation? >> they do. you know, individuals talk about how difficult it is for them to choose between putting food on their tables or paying to further their education. we certainly know that through higher education and workforce development programs that
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individuals will be more likely to experience food insecurity -- food security as well as access living wage careers. when individuals come to the 7 x 7 markets we hear a lot of wows. we hear people say this is such a nice and dignified way of serving the community. that's what we're hoping to do. we want to improve the neighbor experience when they're showing up, seeking assistance. >> so, tell me, what impact do you think you've seen this -- particularly this mobile market give to the communities that you serve? >> well, in our service area, we have experienced a 17% increase overall in food insecurity rate s and we know that so many individuals who are experiencing hunger and food insecurity live in food deserts or other places they cannot access affordable, nutritious food.
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the 757 mobile food market, we hope, will close the gap to put food on their tables and anticipate it will be a lifeline for seniors, children, low-income families, individuals who aren't able to get out of their homes or their neighborhood. we're expecting great things from the 757 mobile market as one of our innovative approaches of ending hunger. >> it's so true. you're adding diaggnity to this because we're all human and just trying to get through this together. ruth jones nichols, you're doing such important work. thank you for sharing it with us. >> thank you so much. >> best of luck to you. and thank all of you for being with us this morning. we always appreciate your company. we hope that you make some good memories today. >> always a pleasure to join us, christi.
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