The Senior Policy Advisor discusses school lunch, food system change, and "Trust in the Public Sector"...
New York City: Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass attended the James Beard Foundation's third annual conference on sustainable food systems, held on Wednesday and Thursday at the Hearst Tower. This year's theme was A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust. Kass discussed First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign during a panel discussion titled "Trust in the Public Sector," joined by New York City Department of Education's Eric Goldstein and Jonathan Halperin of Designing Sustainability. (Above: Kass during the panel)
The discussion was wide-ranging, and covered USDA's new nutrition guidelines for school lunches, as well as questions from the audience. Kass also spoke about his private work at the White House with the First Family. Goldstein manages the New York school lunch program for close to a million children in New York City, serving more than 860,000 school meals daily.
During a gala dinner held on Wednesday evening, Kass presented world-renowned author and farmer Wendell Berry with JBF's sustainable Leadership Award. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan was also among the five honorees. Read about the awards dinner here.
For all videos from the conference, visit the conference page at JamesBeard.org. The Foundation's conference and awards were sponsored by Good Housekeeping, with support provided by EDENS, GRACE Communications Foundation, and Sodexo. (Above: Kass with Merrigan and Berry at the dinner)
*Photos by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama; video from James Beard Foundation