In 2005 I created a foundation for the sole purpose of helping children affected with diabetes. After I was diagnosed with Type 2, I felt the need to help children with cooking classes, hoping to generate awareness and alimentary education through food first. In most cases, balanced nutrition and basic food knowledge can help manage the condition and allow children to live everyday life. Through the years, I have funded the foundation with several monetary wins at Food Network Competitions. Many children don’t have the necessary food education and are often conditioned by diets implemented by parents. Our social disparity does not offer everyone similar opportunities, especially with food ingredients. From questionable school lunch programs to the rising cost of healthy food snacks, children endured the obstacles and were left behind. As a chef, my job is to help those who can use some of the knowledge I have accumulated through years of healthy and safe cooking and hopefully make a positive change in a child.

My newsletter “News you can eat 24”, is the vehicle I use to help people with food-related quality columns. The newsletter is membership-free, and if you enjoy the reading, please consider donating $2.00 toward a child for cooking classes. Someone out there will forever be grateful. Grazie Chef Walter.


The Children’s Diabetes Foundation was established by Chef Walter Potenza in 2005 in Providence as a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the support of diabetes in children and to provide the best possible educational cooking programs for those affected by the disease. The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support the Chef Walters for Children’s Diabetes Foundation. Chef Walter has type 2 diabetes and manages food education, regular exercise, and minor medication. Chef Walters Children’s Diabetes Foundation NON-FOR-PROFIT #05-045-3691 (Opera Providence 585 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence Rhode Island 02906). 

Director Dott. Robert De Robbio Rderobbio@hotmail.com


Donated proceeds are applied to absorb the cost of cooking classes for children. Classes are free to the participants. Children’s Diabetes classes are offered at Chef Walters Cooking School in Cranston, Rhode Island, and offered three (3) times per year. Classes are included in the school’s cooking class calendar. Children’s enrollment is certified by the child’s physician. For more details contact carmela@chefwalter.com


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