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Every year 20 billion pounds of produce goes to waste, never leaving the farm, based on appearance. Too big, too small, misshapen, whatever the reason, healthy, edible food is left to rot while millions go hungry. Hungry Harvest is an organization that aims to reduce food waste while getting quality produce to those in need.
The CEO and Co-Founder Evan Lutz started this company while still in college. He had the brainstorm that he could solve two problems at once by using one to solve the other. "I started a project that used one farmer's surplus produce to sell to college students at the University of Maryland," he explained. "I set up a farm stand in the basement of a dorm. After 6 months, 500 customers were coming to our stand every week. That's when I knew this idea could really take off."
Evan was fortunate enough to land a spot on Shark Tank, where he made a deal with Shark Robert Herjavic! Since then, Hungry Harvest has rescued over 10 million pounds of produce and donated almost a million pounds to hunger solving organizations like "Produce in a Snap" and HarvestRX. Their community outreach program sets up markets in urban areas where quality produce is hard to come by and expensive, bringing healthy fruits and vegetable to people who need them the most.
Making a positive environmental impact is another reasons the people at Hungry Harvest work every day to rescue fresh and delicious produce whose only crime is being a little off-size, off-color, a little ugly or a little overproduced. Packing weekly variety boxes and delivering them to your doorstep helps eliminate unnecessary and avoidable food waste while helping those in need.
Eradicating hunger is a huge goal. Stacy Caroll, Director of Partnerships, prefers to describe it like this – "We've narrowed this down to making sure that every piece of produce that can be eaten is best connected to a hungry person." Hungry Harvest is now operating in 9 major cities and expanding. Watch how their dedicated team is tackling one of our countries most difficult problems, one package at a time.
Get more information about Healthy Harvest at: https://www.hungryharvest.net/
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