White House Hosting a 'State Dinner' Just for Kids

By Susan Jones | June 11, 2012 | 8:17 AM EDT

In this Oct. 5, 2011, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama gets help from fifth grade student Sterling Zapata in filling a basket with peppers in the White House garden in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(CNSNews.com) - "Calling all kid chefs: Here's your chance to share your favorite delicious and nutritious lunch recipe with First Lady Michelle Obama."

The invitation was issued by the White House in May, but a reminder went out on Saturday, telling Americans that the June 17 deadline for submitting recipes is rapidly approaching.

Let's Move, the first lady's anti-obesity initiative, is asking parents of "creative kid chefs" to submit their child's recipe for a healthy and nutritious lunch.

"We'll invite a winning child and their parent or legal guardian from each state and territory to join us for a Kids' "State Dinner," the announcement said.

People wishing to enter the contest are advised to check the MyPlate nutritional guidelines to "ensure recipes meet healthy standards" and include each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a well-rounded lunch.

Let's Move says it is teaming up with the Education and Agriculture Departments as well a Epicurious to put on the "state dinner." And winning recipes will be published in an online book.

"We all want to ensure that our kids are eating nutritious, delicious food at every meal, and as a mom I know that parents are always looking for new ideas to make that happen,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in the originial announcement. “With parents and kids all across the country getting creative in the kitchen, I know we'll find healthy meals that every family will enjoy.  And I can’t wait to try the kids’ creations myself.”