We all know about former First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch program. New reports reveal that the Los Angeles food services director who was invited to the White House to share his tips for getting kids to eat healthy has been indicted for stealing $65,000 in public funds.
David Binkle was a chef who served as the director of food services for Los Angeles Unified School District before getting fired in 2015. The LA Times have reported that Binkle was charged last week with multiple counts of embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest, forgery, and perjury.
In 2014, he was a guest at the White House and he discussed nutrition roundtables with Mrs. Obama. He used Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move website to express his gratitude towards the former first lady for pushing uniform standards in school cafeterias that cut sodium and mandated whole grains. He always praised himself to replacing chicken nuggets with edamame in L.A. schools.
A year later he lost his job due to accusations that he was misappropriating school funds. He now faces charges of siphoning $65,000 off school lunch program funding into his private culinary consulting firm and a personal bank account.
On the Let’s Move website in May 2014, Binkle wrote this:
“The city of Los Angeles is known all around the world for Hollywood, Beverly Hills, celebrities as well as glitz and glamour. There are more than 125,000 millionaires and more than 20 billionaires in this city I now call home. But the reality is there is still a big discrepancy in quality of life between the elite and the majority of students I serve as food services director at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the country.”
“Today, we no longer serve items like flavored milk, chicken nuggets, tater tots, corn dogs, pizza, and nachos. Today, what we do serve are atypical ‘kid-friendly items’: edamame, jicama sticks, teriyaki chicken bowls, turkey and vegetarian burgers as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.”
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