Our Story & Our Family

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 2 million pounds of food from going to the landfill and donated almost 450,000 lbs to people in need. Together, we can revolutionize our food system, one misshapen apple at a time.

Sincerely,
Evan


Meet the Family

Adam Tott Logistics Manager Favorite Veggie: Sweet Potato

Adam Tott
Logistics Manager
Favorite Veggie: Sweet Potato

Cynthia Plotch Philly City Manager Favorite Veggie: Jicama

Cynthia Plotch
Philly City Manager
Favorite Veggie: Jicama

Eric Mundschenk Director of Expansion Favorite Fruit: Mangosteen

Eric Mundschenk
Director of Expansion
Favorite Fruit: Mangosteen

Evan Lutz CEO & Co-Founder Favorite Veggie: Carrots

Evan Lutz
CEO & Co-Founder
Favorite Veggie: Carrots

Greg Smith Logistics Coordinator Favorite Fruit: Apple

Greg Smith
Logistics Coordinator
Favorite Fruit: Apple

Ian Whittington Customer Experience Hero Favorite Fruit: Strawberry

Ian Whittington
Customer Experience Hero
Favorite Fruit: Strawberry

Jamie Norwood Director of Customer Experience Favorite Fruit: Peach

Jamie Norwood
Director of Customer Experience
Favorite Fruit: Peach

Justin Homsher Operations Manager Favorite Veggie: Cucumber

Justin Homsher
Operations Manager
Favorite Veggie: Cucumber

Katie Landry Customer Experience Hero & Academic Coordinator

Katie Landry
Customer Experience Hero & Academic Coordinator

Stacy Carroll Director of Partnerships Favorite Fruit: Persimmon

Stacy Carroll
Director of Partnerships
Favorite Fruit: Persimmon

Kevin Kresloff Director of Procurement Favorite Veggie: Brussels Sprout

Kevin Kresloff
Director of Procurement
Favorite Veggie: Brussels Sprout

Will McCabe Food Access Manager Favorite Fruit: Raspberries

Will McCabe
Food Access Manager
Favorite Fruit: Raspberries

Mark Leybengrub COO Favorite Fruit: Mango

Mark Leybengrub
COO
Favorite Fruit: Mango

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

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

Melvin Coates Food Access Coordinator Favorite Fruit: Lychee

Melvin Coates
Food Access Coordinator
Favorite Fruit: Lychee

Obie Kressloff Kevin's Boss Favorite Fruit: Apple

Obie Kressloff
Kevin's Boss
Favorite Fruit: Apple