Photo: White House dinner invitation. Credit: WGBH

Want to Cook at the White House? Take the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge!

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Kids' State Dinner logo
Kids’ State Dinner logo

My colleagues at WGBH and PBS have a pretty tasty opportunity to announce. It goes a little something like this:

Do you have a child between the ages of 8 and 12? Can you imagine his or her recipe being featured in a cookbook? Or the two of you representing your home state at a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House this summer? If so, First Lady Michelle Obama, WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture invite you and your child to enter the 4th annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner.”

Photo: White House dinner invitation. Credit: WGBH
Photo: White House Dinner invitation. Credit: WGBH

In order to be eligible, lunch recipe submissions need to be created by a child between the ages of 8 and 12 and should follow the MyPlate nutrition guidelines:

Fruits and vegetables should make up about half of the recipe or dish, and it should also include whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy.

Submissions must include information about how and why they were created and be:


One recipe from each of the 50 states and territories will be chosen. And the prize is priceless! As healthy food ambassadors for each state and U.S. territory, the winning chefs and a parent or guardian will be flown to Washington D.C. where they will have the opportunity to attend the Kids’ “State Dinner,” hosted by Mrs. Obama at the White House!

For more information, check out the contest website.

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