Published July 24, 2014
by Lauren Edwards, National Geographic Kid Reporter
First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the third annual Kids’ State Dinner (a big lunch, really) at the White House last week. Fruits and vegetables arranged in the shapes of flowers covered the tables. For most of the 54 kids invited, it was their first visit to the White House.
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the White House Kids’ State Dinner.
“Kids like you really do inspire me. You all represent 54 reasons why we know that we can do so much better by our kids when it comes to eating healthy.”
- Michelle Obama
Mrs. Obama had asked kids to send in their favorite healthy recipes as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Over 1,500 kids from all over the country sent them in. One recipe from each state (and some territories) was picked and each winner was invited to have lunch with Mrs. Obama.
Some of the winning recipes from the Healthy Lunctime Challenge were served at the White House Kids’ State Dinner.
National Geographic Kid Reporter Lauren Edwards interviews Tanya Steel, Epicurious’ Special Projects Contributor and originator of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.
One of the judges of the recipes was Tanya Steel from Epicurious, who started the contest. She said the winning kids’ meals were affordable, healthy, and delicious! She thinks healthy lunches should be provided at all the schools in the U.S.
National Geographic Kid Reporter Lauren Edwards at the White House for the Kids’ State Dinner.
Photographs by NG staff; Kid Reporter's dress donated by Tea Collection