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Surprise! Michelle Obama shares lunch with NYC girls

December 01, 2018 - 2:05 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- Thirty New York City girls were in for a big lunchtime surprise: a vegetable bowl with toasted farro served by a very famous woman.

Michelle Obama stunned them with a visit Saturday to the Lower Eastside Girls Club in lower Manhattan.

----SURPRISE! IT’S MICHELLE OBAMA! ---- Lucky to be on-hand while #MichelleObama surprised a group of 30 teenage girls at the Lower Eastside Girls Club today. It was the latest of her #Becoming Book Tour community stops, and she was there to help prepare nutritious lunches and teach the girls about healthy eating. Love this woman and all that she stands for — watching this on repeat! --❤️ #becomingmichelleobama #iambecoming #firstlady #flotus #obama

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She helped prepare healthy lunches for them with Sam Kass, the former executive director of the Let's Move! campaign that Obama championed when her husband was president. It's aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

After sharing lunch, Obama led a discussion with the girls, who are learning about urban farming and cooking. The lunch included produce from their rooftop garden.

The other star of the day was farro, an ancient grain with twice the protein and fiber of modern wheat.

The kids received copies of Obama's book, "Becoming.''