WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2016 -- Kids from all 50 states are being challenged to come up with a healthy, affordable lunch recipe tasty enough to be served at the White House.

Teaming up with first lady Michelle Obama in the fifth annual “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge” are the Agriculture and Education departments and PBS flagship station WGBH Boston.

Children ages 8-12 can submit recipes at pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge, organizers say. Entrants should check out ChooseMyPlate.gov to ensure recipes meet the USDA’s recommended nutrition guidelines.

Also, in celebration of the MyPlate, MyState initiative, the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is encouraging entries to include ingredients grown in the competitor’s state or community.

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One contestant from each state will win the opportunity to be flown to Washington, courtesy of United Airlines, to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” this summer at the White House, where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.

“The Kids’ State Dinner is one of my favorite events to host at the White House,” Michelle Obama said. “Every year, I am amazed by the healthy, delicious dishes that kids across the country create, and I am excited to see what kids cook up this year!”


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