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Whole Foods Market(R) Executive and Chef Ann Cooper Visit Washington, D.C. to Raise Awareness About Importance of Healthy School Lunches
Date:9/10/2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFMI), a leader in natural and organic foods, and Chef Ann Cooper, the nation's "renegade lunch lady," are working to help transform lunch in schools across the country by kicking off the "School Lunch Revolution" awareness tour today in Washington, D.C.

Cooper and Whole Foods Market Co-President and Chief Operating Officer Walter Robb will speak to key influencers about the "School Lunch Revolution" program, asking community members to get involved and government officials to consider more rigorous nutrition guidelines as they prepare to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act.

"There is a role for everyone when it comes to getting fresher, healthier school lunches served in our schools," said Robb. "We are engaging everyone on this issue - from parents learning to pack healthier lunches, to our customers donating to the cause, to our Team Members getting involved at their local schools, and with key community groups, to elected officials interested in prompting real change."

Robb and Cooper begin today with a press conference and community discussion at 10:30 a.m. at the Tenley Whole Foods Market store at 4530 40th St. N.W. Afterward, they will meet with USDA officials to discuss the National School Lunch Program by calling attention to:

  • The need to go beyond dietary guidelines when updating school lunch nutrition standards;
  • More focus on fresh, natural whole foods with fewer artificial ingredients such as colorings, flavorings and trans fats (hydrogenated oils); and
  • A greater emphasis on local food.

Cooper will underscore the need to dedicate an additional $1 per
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