The key to food education with superstar chef Bobby Flay

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Millions of Americans live in food deserts with a limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Now your selfies can aid people who live in those designated areas.

All it takes is a selfie with the hashtag #DrinkGoodDoGood -- and Naked Juice will donate 10 pounds of produce to neighborhoods in need.

One of the supporters of DrinkGoodDoGood is none other than famed chef Bobby Flay.

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Chef Bobby Flay creates delicious and often simple dishes from fresh ingredients. He stresses that cooking and working your way around a kitchen doesn't always take a master chef or a trip to the farmers market. He's gotten involved with the DrinkGoodDoGood campaign to bring about food awareness.

AOL.com editors had the opportunity to talk to Flay about how communities can overcome food deserts. He discussed the importance of food knowledge and how to best utilize what one might have.

The talk today is about food deserts and the lack of fresh fruits and veggies what can local people do to help solve this problem?
I think the fundamentals of getting fruits and vegetables, health ingredients, to the places that don't have them. When you think of that even being a possibility in this country, it's almost hard to think about. Especially when you live in a city like New York. The truth of the matter is that it's the truth. First of all, getting the ingredients to the right places. Then I talked about this a little during the panel, getting the resources there but getting the knowledge there. I think that's really important, that's why Naked Juice and Wholesome Wave are important to this cause because they have the resources to make that happen. Money always comes up in terms of is it economical, is it cheaper to go to a fast food restaurant, or open a can of food? I think that's all debatable and it all depends on how you handle it. Getting people the knowledge and a way to handle it in an economical but also a delicious way is key.

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People who don't have access, but with the limited access they do have what is a meal you think they can put together?
Utilizing vehicles that stretch food out is the best way. Things like, pasta dishes or rice dishes where you are actually cooking but the cooking is simple. If you are able to take some vegetables and fold them into things like rice or pasta that's a great way to stretch it but also make it taste really good.

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What's a common food myth you wish people knew?
When you're using fresh fruits and fresh vegetables that are right in front of you, what happens a lot of times when you have a tomato and it starts going bad all of a sudden people aren't sure what to do about it. Again, this comes from knowledge so you make tomato sauce and you can freeze it. Your basil is going bad you can make pesto and freeze that. Little things like that are really key. If you gave people a hand full of ways to utilize their ingredients that are starting to go on their way out. I think, that the way they look at it from an economical standpoint would change.

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