WESTPORT, CT -- Newman’s Own Foundation today announced that it is providing support to PBS flagship station WGBH Boston for the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' “State Dinner,” a joint effort by First Lady Michelle Obama, WGBH, the Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture to promote cooking and healthy eating among youth.
“We are excited once again to support the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and help raise awareness about good nutrition and encourage children to make healthier food choices,” said Robert Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. "Nutrition education and fresh food access are key focus areas of our charitable giving.”
The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' “State Dinner” invites U.S. children ages 8-12, in collaboration with a parent or guardian,to create an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty, and submit it to pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge. One winner will be selected from each state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. Each winner will be flown, with a parent or guardian, to Washington, D.C., to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House, hosted by the First Lady, where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.
The winning recipes will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes: Let’s Move! Executive Director Debra Eschmeyer, representatives of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray Lauren Purcell, an Executive Chef from United Airlines, previous Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winners, and Founder of Cooking Up Big Dreams Tanya Steel.
The winning recipes will be featured in a downloadable, printable free e-cookbook that includes a nutritional analysis, photos of the winning chefs, and recipes, available on the contest website: pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge, as well as on letsmove.gov, USDA.gov, and ed.gov.
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