Still on the “Move”

Sam Kass, former executive director of Let's Move!

The Food Trust's 25th anniversary spotlight, picture of Sam Kass

25 years, 25 stories

When former First Lady Michelle Obama launched her influential Let's Move! campaign to prevent childhood obesity in 2010, she tapped White House assistant chef Sam Kass to be its executive director. Charged with “ensuring that all families have access to healthy, affordable food,” Sam knew where to turn. “There’s nobody else but The Food Trust,” he says.

Let’s Move! and The Food Trust worked together on many projects, including the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which provides financing for healthy food retailers opening in underserved communities. Thanks to these efforts, nearly 1,000 grocery stores and other healthy food businesses were developed or supported between 2011 and 2015. “It was a great collaboration,” says Sam. “The Food Trust has been at it from the beginning and really leading the way. They inspired a lot of action in communities around the country, as well as a lot of investment. Without them, we wouldn't have made anywhere near the progress that we have.”

Sam continues to work on the linked issues of health, food and climate change as a part of Acre Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that focuses on sustainable food systems. Looking forward to his work and the work of The Food Trust over the next 25 years, Sam says, “the need continues to be incredibly high. I think the opportunity still exists to make a big impact.”

The Food Trust's Center for Healthy Food Access works to ensure that every child in the United States has access to nutritious, affordable food. Click here to join us in our fight to protect our country's most vulnerable populations.

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This interview is part of our weekly "25 Years, 25 Stories" series, spotlighting some of The Food Trust's diverse voices in healthy food access. If you would like to support our work, click here to make a tax-deductible donation today.

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