Community Gardens are Blooming in Compton

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This summer, we’re expanding into more neighborhoods around Los Angeles, and we can’t wait to open our new store in Compton! While the location is not scheduled to open for another few months, we already started digging in with the Compton Initiative at the Compton Community Gardens. Joining volunteers of all ages, from all over the world, we worked together to plant fresh fruits and veggies for the summer’s harvest.

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This area has long been marked as a food desert, meaning there is limited access to healthy food options. That ain’t right. Healthy food is a human right, no matter your zip code. People in Compton started community gardens to produce fresh, nutritious food for the neighborhood, which (as they share on their website) helps achieve a lot of different goals:

  • Providing easier access to organic food in a health food desert

  • Reducing family food budgets

  • Conserving environmental and economic resources

  • Creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education

  • Providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development

  • Helping create jobs in the neighborhood

  • Reducing crime

  • Helping beautify neighborhoods

  • Improving the quality of life for people in and around the Gardens

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Young children who grow food in these gardens are able to build a deeper connection to healthy foods, learn about sustainability, and even get to sell their harvest to local businesses. We were excited to be involved in even a small part of this year’s efforts, and to plant alongside so many passionate people. Through efforts like these, we can unite to bring food justice to this community and beyond.

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We look forward to serving more nutritious fresh food to Compton this summer! Stay tuned for our grand opening and more exciting events to come.

What is 'Food Justice' and What Can You Do About It?

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Our mission at Everytable is to make nutritious, fresh food affordable and accessible to all. Because the truth is that the high cost of a salad & green juice makes healthy food a luxury few can afford.

The basic idea behind Food Justice is that healthy food is a human right—something every person needs and deserves--like water, shelter, and medical care. But healthy food is not treated that way in our world.

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In hospitals, it’s illegal to turn people in need of medical attention away—whether they can pay or not, they receive medical care. In some sense, it’s similar with food—there are soup kitchens and food stamps to ensure folks won’t starve.

But most of the food accessible in underserved communities, food banks, soup kitchens, is processed and unhealthy. It’s as if someone arrived at a hospital with a broken arm and was given an Aspirin and a band-aid.  

Food is arguably the biggest driver of physical and mental health, and the fact that  underserved communities don’t have access to nourishing, fresh food is nuts (and don’t even get us started on the quality of food served to people in the prison system).

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So What is Everytable Doing About it?

Everytable sells healthy, delicious, made-from-scratch food, and we open locations in all neighborhoods. To ensure everyone can afford our meals, we price them according to the median household income of the neighborhoods we’re in, so a Kale Caesar salad that might cost $7.95 in Century City (a great value) will cost just $4.95 in South LA.

No matter what Everytable location you shop in, every meal you purchase, helps us open up more locations in underserved communities of LA, where we sell our meals at discounted prices. So keep coming in—so that together we can make healthy food a reality for all.

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When you eat at Everytable, you bridge the divide. You help cultivate healthier communities everywhere. Our model is based in the idea of balancing the scales. For too long the scales have been tipped towards those with economic power and influence, and we are deeply committed to leading the movement to change that.

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While the distance and differences between affluent and underserved neighborhoods can feel vast, the lines that separate us are not as bold as those that connect us. Together we can give everyone a seat at a longer, healthier table.


We're crowdfunding to build a more equitable food system.

There are a few days left to invest. Join the movement today: Republic.co/Everytable