Frozen Express
May. 27, 2014

First lady gets moving against House measure on school lunches
The Washington Post
First lady Michelle Obama is set to take an unusual, high-profile step Tuesday into the center of a legislative battle by delivering White House remarks taking issue with makers of frozen pizzas and french fries and other companies seeking to scale back school lunch standards.

Editor's note: As highlighted in recent coverage of federal activity regarding school meal nutrition standards, the School Nutrition Association is leading efforts on Capitol Hill to advance legislation that provides schools with new flexibilities to meet nutrition standards.

Related articles:

  • Michelle Obama to oppose GOP school lunch plan (USA Today)
  • First lady says GOP school lunch nutrition cuts 'unacceptable' (The Hill)
  • Michelle Obama vs. the food industry (ABC News)
  • When did school lunch become a political issue? (Politico)
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