Everytable hosted a grand opening of its sixth store in Compton on September 26. Everytable gave away 500 gratis meals and was well received by Compton residents. Additionally, the Compton store sold out of its meals the very next day.
Everytable’s mission is to make nutritious, fresh food affordable and accessible to all. Everytable aims to redefine the food landscape the same way McDonald’s did fifty years ago. However, this time, instead of burgers and fries, it is healthy, made-from-scratch food, at fast-food prices.
We make our food fresh everyday from scratch in a central kitchen in South LA and deliver meals every morning to our six locations. Our pre-packaged meals sell for about $5 at our Compton store, the same that you would pay for fast food, but tastes much better.
Everytable’s innovative business model drastically reduces the costs of the standard restaurant model. Chefs at its local kitchen turn fresh, wholesome ingredients into delicious meals, which it sells through its small, grab-and-go storefronts; other stores include: Baldwin Hills, Century City, DTLA, Santa Monica, and South L.A.
Additionally, Compton has been identified as a food desert. As defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), “food deserts” are “where access to healthy food is limited or non-existent due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers markets, and other providers of healthy food. Consumers in these (mostly urban) areas instead depend on “quickie marts,” which offer processed, sugar and fat-laden foods.” The USDA further “defines a neighborhood a food desert if at least one-fifth of the residents live in poverty and one-third live more than a mile from a supermarket in urban areas, or more than 10 miles in rural areas, where residents are more likely to have cars.” (Source: American Nutrition Association Newsletter)
Everytable recognized that when busy families lack the time to prepare home cooked meals, fast food is often the go to option based on convenience, cost and limited options that are in close proximity. Tasty “grab and go” meals that are reminiscent of family/cultural favorites and are priced to compete head to head with QSR/fast food restaurants within these food deserts, provide alternatives with long term and far reaching impact.
Everytable understands the demands of the marketplace, consistent delivery of products and services, and has executed an evolved business model to help balance the injustice. It has made the commitment to address the food injustice felt by millions throughout Los Angeles through its innovative food delivery platform and stores, with the potential to reach millions more across the country and beyond. Co-Founder and CEO of Everytable Sam Polk conveys: “Everytable is based on the belief that healthy food is a human right and should be affordable and accessible to everybody.”
Every meal you purchase helps us open more locations across LA, including in food deserts around the city, where we sell our meals for less. We also have a Pay It Forward wall, where a patron can purchase an additional meal for someone in need. If someone comes in our stores and cannot afford a meal, they can simply take a Pay It Forward note off the wall and have a meal at no cost to them.
Together, we can make the world a healthier and more equitable place. Everytable is here to stay and truly committed to help make Compton a healthier, happier, and more equitable city!