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School Nutrition Assoc. Asks White House to 'Stay Away' from Summit

School Nutrition Association Asks White House to 'Stay Away' from Annual Summit

After all of First Lady Michelle Obama's efforts in getting students to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in school, the School Nutrition Association has asked the White House to stay away from its annual convention. 

According to, when celebrity chef Sam Kass asked to speak at the group's annual convention this week, the answer was "no." Politico said this "rebuke shows how ugly the fight has become between the first lady and...the organization that represents cafeteria workers."

"At stake is the health of millions of kids, an $11 billion school lunch program dominated by big food companies that want to build brand loyalty early and even the legacy of the first lady--who has made combating the childhood obesity epidemic her primary cause," the article said. The first lady's office declined to comment on Kass' request to speak at the convention. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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