In 2013 Sam Polk, a former hedge fund trader, founded a nonprofit called Groceryships to address food-related health problems in South LA, where the average income is $13,000 a year, life expectancy is 10 years lower than more affluent areas, and diseases like obesity and diabetes are alarmingly high. Groceryships began helping family food providers make healthy choices through nutrition education, cooking classes, free produce, and support groups.
In 2014 David Foster, a former private equity professional, was so inspired by a Groceryships event that he decided to join the nonprofit full-time.
That year Sam and David began hearing from Groceryships participants that while fresh produce was great, they often had to buy food on the go because they were juggling multiple jobs and large families. And in South LA, their only options were fast food.
Sam and David saw an opportunity to help families like these. So they created a model for a new company that would sell healthy food in “food deserts” like South LA at prices competitive with fast food.
Groceryships was built on the belief that every life is equally important. Sam and David wanted this core value embedded in the new company, so they called it Everytable, reflecting a mission to bring healthy, affordable food to every table in the country, with no one left out.