Michelle Obama and Rachael Ray Visit Fairfax School to Announce New School-lunch Regulations

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: Emma Brown


01/25/2012 - Students at Fairfax County’s Parklawn Elementary School had a couple of A-list lunchtime guests Wednesday: first lady Michelle Obama (who stopped by to munch turkey tacos and announce new federal regulations meant to boost school-lunch nutrition) and celebrity chef Rachael Ray (who made the tacos).

Improving school lunches has been a key part of the first lady’s effort to fight childhood obesity, and the new rules amount to the most sweeping school-lunch changes in 15 years. At a pre-lunch press conference in Parklawn’s library Wednesday, Obama gave credit to parents who have led the push for more wholesome, nutritious school meals.

“This movement to improve the food in our schools is happening in large part because of all of you,” Obama said. “It’s happening because you all stood up, it’s happening because you all spoke out and you asked for something better for our kids.”

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“It’s a great day,” said Jessica Donze Black, director of the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, who called the standards a “grand improvement” over the previous set of rules.

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