First Lady Says She'll Fight for Lunch Standards

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By Associated Press | 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama has turned her annual spring garden harvest into a plea for keeping healthier school lunch standards in place.

Students who help plant the garden regularly return for the harvest. But on Thursday a few school nutrition directors also attended.

A House bill due to be voted on soon would allow some schools to opt out of new standards that require more whole grains, fruits and vegetables in school lunches. The White House has threatened to veto the bill.

Mrs. Obama says the standards are important because food eaten at school is the main source of nutrition for most kids.

She lobbied for the standards when Congress passed them and says she'll "fight until the bitter end" to make sure the standards remain intact.

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