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Rachael Ray lobbies for good food on Capitol Hill

By MARY CLARE JALONICK (AP), The Associated Press - WASHINGTON — Celebrity chef Rachael Ray says she has a big mouth. And she used it Tuesday to ask lawmakers for more money to improve school lunches.

Ray's whirlwind one-day tour included a visit to a Washington elementary school where she talked to kids about how they can make better food choices and meetings with several members of Congress. She is also visiting the White House to take a peek at first lady Michelle Obama's kitchen garden.

"It's nice to see that everyone can have a voice here," Ray said between meetings. "It's a little Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

The legislation that Ray is pushing would direct the Agriculture Department to create new standards for all foods in schools, including vending machine items, to give students healthier meal options. The legislation would spend $4.5 billion over 10 years on nutrition programs — less than half of what President Barack Obama recommended in his budget.

Ray said she is asking lawmakers to find more money for the bill to help deal with health costs caused by obesity.

"Find the money now and get it done or you are going to be part of sinking our ship down the line," Ray said she told members of Congress.
Source : Originally Published By MARY CLARE JALONICK (AP), The Associated Press, May 11, 2010
Celebrities : Rachael Ray
Categories : Television Personality News, Celebrity Causes, Celebrity Chef News
Posted 5/11/2010 12:05:25 AM | Permalink
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