Calling all Alabama children who cook


The White House has announced the Kids' State Dinner for this year, and they are looking for recipes from children in Alabama and all the other states and territories. {}"The Kids' 'State Dinner' is one of my favorite events to host at the White House, and I am thrilled to announce the third annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. {}This event gives us the opportunity to showcase healthy creations from talented kids from across our country," said First Lady Michelle Obama. {}"I'm looking forward to seeing-and tasting-this year's selections. {}So young chefs, get creative and get cooking!"{}{}They are asking parents or guardians and their children, ages 8-12, to create and submit an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty. {}Winning recipes will meet the standards of the USDA's MyPlate (at {}According to the news release, entries must represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up roughly half of the plate or recipe.{}The White House is inviting entries from all U.S. states and territories, including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. {}Delta Air Lines will fly 56 children and their parent or guardian to the nation's capital for the Kids' "State Dinner." Mrs. Obama will host the event. {}Some of the winning recipes will be served at the dinner.{}"The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to help kids build healthy habits. {}First Lady Michelle Obama, through the Let's Move! Initiative, offers another shining example of how we can mobilize public and private sector resources to improve the lives of our children," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. {}"The decisions parents make to keep their kids healthy often start with the meals made at home. {}Young people who participate in this Challenge and are inspired by MyPlate encourage other children to eat healthier and build food preparation skills that will influence their food decisions into adulthood.""We are truly honored that Mrs. Obama is once again partnering with Epicurious to help raise awareness for the importance of healthy eating for kids," said Carolyn Kremins, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Epicurious, which has partnered with the White House on this. "We hope the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge can show kids that meals, especially their school lunch, can be tasty, healthy and fun to prepare."{}The White House Kids' "State Dinner" will take place later this summer.Recipes can be submitted March 5th through April 5th, online at, or via mail at "The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge c/o," 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10036. Winners will be notified in May. {}For more information and contest rules visit