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Kids' State Dinner

 

The 2015 Kids' State Dinner

 

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is back! This year, First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host the fourth-annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among young people across the nation. The challenge invites kids ages 8-12 to join a parent or guardian in creating an original recipe that is healthy, affordable, and delicious. One winner from each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia will be selected and have the opportunity to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” here at the White House later this summer where a selection of the winning recipes will be served.

 

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The 2014 Kids' State Dinner

 

More than 1,500 entries were submitted for the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients, including salmon, black beans, and ground turkey. On July 18, 2014, 54 children and their parent or guardian traveled to Washington, D.C. where they had the opportunity to attend a Kids' "State Dinner" at the White House, hosted by Mrs. Obama.

 

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Behind the Scenes Judging of the 2014 Kids' State Dinner

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The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook

 

The 2013 Kids' State Dinner

 

On July 9, 54 children and their parent/guardian (one pair from each of the 50 states, plus some of the U.S. Territories, D.C., and Puerto Rico) attended a Kids' "State Dinner" at the White House, hosted by Mrs. Obama. Each child (and their parents) submitted a healthy recipe as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. A selection of the winning healthy recipes were served.

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invited families to create an original lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable and delicious, and follows the nutritional guidelines of MyPlate. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges from the organizations that teamed up with Mrs. Obama on this initiative; Epicurious, the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture.

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Behind the Scenes Judging of the 2013 Kids' State Dinner

Download the 2013 Cookbook

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook

 

The 2012 Kids' State Dinner

The First Lady Speaks at the 2012 Kids' State Dinner

View the List of Winners View Select Recipes Download the Cookbook

On Monday, August 20, 2012 First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the first ever Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House welcoming 54 budding chefs to a formal luncheon in the East Room! The guests, aged 8-12, represented all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia, and each of them (and their parents) submitted a healthy recipe as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invited families to create an original lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable and delicious, and follows the nutritional guidelines of MyPlate. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges from the organizations that teamed up with Mrs. Obama on this initiative: Epicurious, the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture.

 

Watch the Video

Behind the Scenes Judging of the 2012 Kids' State Dinner

 

Download the 2012 Cookbook

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook

Check out the photo gallery from the first Kids' State Dinner

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