Hungry Harvest is a produce delivery company on a mission to end food waste and hunger. In the US, 40% of food goes to waste. At the same time, 1 in 5 people go hungry. We use one problem to solve the other.
We work with farmers and wholesalers to recover their surplus, or cosmetically imperfect, produce and deliver it to subscribers every week at an affordable price. For every box of produce we deliver, we donate or subsidize produce to fight hunger in our communities.
Already we have recovered over 2 million pounds of produce, donated 450 thousand pounds, and been featured on Shark Tank.
Recovered produce is fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste for aesthetic or logistic imperfections. Grocery stores will reject produce that may be an odd shape, color, size, over-produced or generally inconvenient. Hungry Harvest is able to rescue this produce, package it in variety boxes, and deliver it directly to consumers.
Our boxes come in a variety of sizes and options, including fruit-only, vegetable-only, and organic. Customers can also customize their orders by excluding produce they dislike and adding-on special products, like recovered apple cider, basil, coffee beans, granola, and pesto.
Evan Lutz founded Hungry Harvest in the basement of his University of Maryland dorm room in 2014. He began by packing bags of produce himself and delivering to 30 customers. A few months later, Evan’s idea was validated on Shark Tank when he struck a deal with Robert Herjavec. Now the Hungry Harvest team is up to 11 and delivering across Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Hunger and Food Waste Statistics
- 40% of food in the US goes to waste
- 1 in 6 people in the US go hungry
- 16 million children in America struggle with hunger
- 6 billion pounds of fruit and vegetables go wasted each year in the US
- If one-quarter of the food wasted were saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people globally
- Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tons) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tons)
- If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter behind the US and China
- Food waste consumes 21% of fresh water, 19% of fertilizer, 18% of cropland and 21% of landfill volume in the US
- Each year, American consumers, businesses, and farmers spend $218 billion, or 1.3% of GDP, a year growing, processing, transporting, and disposing food that is never eaten
Hungry Harvest delivers boxes of recovered produce to your doorstep.