Last year, three years after walking away from his phenominal-paying job as a Wall Street trader and overcoming his addiction to the acquisition of wealth, Sam Polk founded Groceryships.
The following is from the November 21, 2013 article on Sam Polk written by Willy Blackmore, Food Editor of the website TakePart:
"...Groceryships, (is) a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that helps families stuck in the uniquely modern dilemma of poverty: being both hungry and obese. As Polk explains, Groceryships are scholarships for food. 'For six months, families receive financial assistance to help put food on the table and participate in a comprehensive six-month program of educational and emotional support.'
In addition to learning about nutrition, healthy cooking and shopping, and exercise, families involved in the program watch a film curriculum that includes Supersize Me, Forks Over Knives, and Food, Inc.
'The obesity-and-hunger crisis in America is infinitely complex, and we don’t know if we have the answer,' Polk says, acknowledging that Groceryships, a fledgling operation, doesn’t know if its programs will succeed just yet. But tackling the problem head-on is the first step to success."
You can read the rest of the article and see a video in which Sam Polk talks about the mission of Groceryships at:
Here are a couple more sources where you can learn about Sam Polk and his work:
1. There's a Huffington Post blog by Polk entitled Yuppies Watching Documentaries in which he talks about how he heard the calling to start Groceryships. He also tells of the pain he felt as an overweight child who at the same time knew hunger at those times when there was insufficeint food for his family.
2. And then there's a youtube video interview by Take Part Live in which Polk explains how a child can be both malnourished and obese. He then goes on to discuss his own food and eating
3. And, of course, you can check out the website www.groceryships.com
Discover Sam Polk! It's inspirational reading and watching!
PS - Romaine, I have seen Wall Street but now that you've reminded me about it I'm going to watch it again. Then I'll have to wash out my mind again!