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Samuel Polk talks about "Inclusive Capitalism & Solutions to Health Inequality"

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Topic: "Inclusive Capitalism & Solutions to Health Inequality"

Healthy food is a human right. But $9 green juices and $12 salads make healthy food a luxury most people can’t afford. In fact, many communities in the U.S. have so little access to healthy, affordable food, they’re called “food deserts.” These communities experience high rates of obesity, diabetes, and stress. On top of that, Americans are working longer hours and spending less time in the kitchen. Our goal is to make good food accessible to every community by offering healthy, convenient meals everyone can afford.

How do you make healthy food affordable for everyone? Everytable’s business model drastically reduces the costs of the standard restaurant model. We start by choosing wholesome ingredients that deliver the highest nutritional content for their low price. Then chefs at our local kitchen turn these fresh ingredients into delicious meals, which we sell through our small, grab-and-go storefronts. From start to finish, everything is designed to be super efficient, and the savings are reflected in our prices. While our ultimate goal is to eradicate food deserts by providing healthy, affordable options to underserved communities, we also know that in general, Americans are working longer hours and spending less time in the kitchen. So we’re also using our model to bring convenience to the larger community, which is often just as pressed for time. We want to make sure everyone can afford our meals, so we price them according to the neighborhoods where each store is located. That means our prices can differ from store to store, but are always affordable for the neighborhood. Each store is an important part of a larger community. It’s a community where stores in food deserts are self-sustaining, and stores in more affluent areas help us expand to new neighborhoods. Our community is making healthy food an option for neighborhoods that have long been overlooked, and every store is a part of the solution. Every body. Everywhere.


Sam Polk is the co-founder and CEO of Everytable, a for-profit social enterprise that sells fresh, healthy ready-to-eat meals affordable for all, and founder and Executive Director of Groceryships, a Los Angeles non-profit working at the intersection of poverty and obesity. Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Sam was a hedge fund trader on Wall Street. Sam’s memoir, For The Love of Money, will be published in July 2016 by Scribner. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times,, and The Huffington Post. Sam has been featured on The Today Show, Morning Joe, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR, and more. He is a graduate of Columbia University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.