Our Story + Our Team

Dear Harvest Heroes,

My name's Evan and I'm the CEO and Co-Founder of Hungry Harvest. My whole life, I've dreamt of becoming a social entrepreneur, with a dream of changing the food system.

My senior year at the University of Maryland, Hungry Harvest was born in my dorm basement. We began delivering to our first 30 customers, 15 of which were free trials, in June 2014. The beginning was excruciatingly difficult, as we knocked on doors in the sweltering DC summer desperately trying to convince anyone to get a free trial. The problem was that nobody knew what 'ugly produce' was at the time. 

This company was in danger of failure at least two times when we had less than $200 in our bank account. We worked 18 hour days to get our customers the right orders. We had doors slammed in our face, and investors laugh at us. In those tough times, the reminder of six billion pounds of produce going to waste and 50 million people hungry in the US encouraged us to persevere along our journey. 

The struggles of the first year were vindicated on June 17, 2015, when we made a deal with Robert Herjavec on Shark Tank. The tears shed on the show were raw emotion, as I flashed back to just how far we had come. The struggles were worth it. 

We currently have a team of 14, with a HQ located in City Garage, Baltimore. Everything we do is driven with the belief that every person has the right to eat healthy, and every fruit and veggie grown deserves to get eaten.

We're just getting started. We're just two years old, and have already reduced 1 million lbs of food from going to the landfill and donated almost 300,000 lbs to people in need. Together, we can revolutionize our food system, one misshapen apple at a time.

Sincerely,
Evan


Meet the Family

Evan Lutz CEO & Co-Founder Favorite Veggie: Carrot  

Evan Lutz
CEO & Co-Founder
Favorite Veggie: Carrot

 

Mark Leybengrub Chief Operating Officer Favorite Fruit: Mango  

Mark Leybengrub
Chief Operating Officer
Favorite Fruit: Mango

 

Justin Homsher Operations Manager Favorite Veggie: Cucumber  

Justin Homsher
Operations Manager
Favorite Veggie: Cucumber

 

Chef Mark Cleveland Director of Deliciousness Favorite Veggie: I love all produce!  

Chef Mark Cleveland
Director of Deliciousness
Favorite Veggie: I love all produce!

 

Roxy the Dog Chief Cuteness Officer Favorite Veggie: Peanut Butter?  

Roxy the Dog
Chief Cuteness Officer
Favorite Veggie: Peanut Butter?

 

Cynthia Plotch Philly City Manager Favorite Veggie: Jicama  

Cynthia Plotch
Philly City Manager
Favorite Veggie: Jicama

 

Will McCabe Manager of Stretching Food Budgets Favorite Fruit: Raspberries  

Will McCabe
Manager of Stretching Food Budgets
Favorite Fruit: Raspberries

 

Ritesh Gupta Director of Impact Favorite Veggie: Brussels Sprout  

Ritesh Gupta
Director of Impact
Favorite Veggie: Brussels Sprout

 

Eric Mundschenk Director of Customer Logistics Favorite Fruit: Mangosteen  

Eric Mundschenk
Director of Customer Logistics
Favorite Fruit: Mangosteen

 

Evan Levine Logistics Manager Favorite Veggie: Broccoli  

Evan Levine
Logistics Manager
Favorite Veggie: Broccoli

 

Kevin Kresloff Director of Produce Favorite Fruit: Peach  

Kevin Kresloff
Director of Produce
Favorite Fruit: Peach

 

Jamie Norwood Director of Customer Happiness Favorite Fruit: Peach  

Jamie Norwood
Director of Customer Happiness
Favorite Fruit: Peach

 

Adrienne Yoe Customer Happiness Champion Favorite Veggie: Cabbage  

Adrienne Yoe
Customer Happiness Champion
Favorite Veggie: Cabbage

 


Meet Our Advisors

Doug Rauch Former President of Trader Joe's Company, CEO of Conscious Capitalism, and Founder/President of Daily Table, an innovative non-profit retail store working to recover food and provide affordable nutrition to the food insecure in our inner cities.

Doug Rauch
Former President of Trader Joe's Company, CEO of Conscious Capitalism, and Founder/President of Daily Table, an innovative non-profit retail store working to recover food and provide affordable nutrition to the food insecure in our inner cities.

Jordan Figueiredo Jordan Figueiredo is a Solid Waste Specialist and Anti-Food Waste Activist from California. After co-chairing the successful Zero Food Waste Forum and managing the groundbreaking Feeding the 5000 Oakland in October 2014, Jordan created the successful @UglyFruitAndVeg campaign at www.UglyFruitAndVeg.org. 

Jordan Figueiredo
Jordan Figueiredo is a Solid Waste Specialist and Anti-Food Waste Activist from California. After co-chairing the successful Zero Food Waste Forum and managing the groundbreaking Feeding the 5000 Oakland in October 2014, Jordan created the successful @UglyFruitAndVeg campaign at www.UglyFruitAndVeg.org. 

Jeff Cherry As the CEO of The Porter Group and Founder and Executive Director of Conscious Venture Lab, Jeff is an evangelist for the transformation of capitalism.  The Conscious Venture Lab is an emerging brand in this fast growing field, Jeff is also a frequently invited speaker on the topic of impact investing and new models of business. Jeff is a recovering NCAA DIII Football player.

Jeff Cherry
As the CEO of The Porter Group and Founder and Executive Director of Conscious Venture Lab, Jeff is an evangelist for the transformation of capitalism.  The Conscious Venture Lab is an emerging brand in this fast growing field, Jeff is also a frequently invited speaker on the topic of impact investing and new models of business. Jeff is a recovering NCAA DIII Football player.

John Zamora, Co-Founder John recently graduated from the University of Maryland where he studied Spanish and Sustainability. He has vast experience in the non-profit sector, including working in the Finance Department for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. John's passion for food and sustainability attracted him to join Evan on their mission to eliminate food waste. 

John Zamora, Co-Founder
John recently graduated from the University of Maryland where he studied Spanish and Sustainability. He has vast experience in the non-profit sector, including working in the Finance Department for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. John's passion for food and sustainability attracted him to join Evan on their mission to eliminate food waste.