Former White House Chef Raises Awareness and Funds
For Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches
Sam Kass Talked About Healthy Eating, Cooking for the Obamas,
And Providing Homebound Seniors with Nutritious Meals
Former Obama White House Chef Sam Kass, offered healthy-eating tips, spoke about cooking for the first family, and highlighted the importance of nutritious meals for children, adults, and seniors during last month’s “More Than a Meal” breakfast, benefitting Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches.
On stage for an informal conversation with NewsChannel 5’s Tania Rogers, at the Kravis Center for Performing Arts Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach on Jan. 29, Kass told an audience of close to 200 that eating well doesn’t have to be complicated.
“Part of the challenge is how do we make it easy on ourselves and set ourselves up for success?” he said. “We often set the bar too high.”
Kass, one of the architects of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, focused on childhood wellness explaining the importance of getting children eating well early and avoiding using food as a reward.
“Every time we give a child something to eat, we’re training their palette,” said the author of Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World and the father of a 2-year-old and a 9-month old.
Kass also talked about his six years with the Obamas, including his time arranging the family’s pantry and how he avoided preparing Michelle Obama’s favorite food: French fries. He told how the first family would gather for dinner each night and how the president would transform into just an interested father.
“He was the least important person at the table,” he said.
Before leaving the stage to sign books, Kass praised programs such as Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches and talked about how many seniors fail to get the nutrition they need.
“It takes a real toll on their quality of life and that’s unconscionable,” he said.
He told the audience that Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches plays an important role in the lives of seniors by providing daily visits and companionship.
“It makes a huge difference in these people’s lives,” he said.
Prior to Kass’ presentation, Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches President and CEO, Pamela Calzadilla recognized the Quantum Foundation as the Circle of Excellence 2020 Honoree for its longtime support and its efforts to help reduce senior hunger in Palm Beach County.
The “More than a Meal” Breakfast was presented by the Leslie L. Alexander Foundation with Elizabeth DeBrule and Debbi Koenig serving as event chairs. Other sponsors included Florida Crystals, Lang Family Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Stubbs.
“We are grateful to Sam, Tania Rogers, our event committee, and all our sponsors for helping make this year’s event a great success,” Calzadilla said. “We look forward to providing another outstanding program next year.”
About Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches
Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches is a nonprofit organization dedicated to nourishing and enriching the lives of homebound seniors living alone in Palm Beach County. The organization provides nutritious meals, a daily wellness check, and a friendly face to those who need a little help. Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches is a community-based organization, relying on local support and volunteers, and receives no government funding.