Shark Tank Press Release
For Immediate Release December 28, 2015
MARYLAND ENTREPRENEUR TAKES FOOD STARTUP HUNGRY HARVEST ON SHARK TANK
Food-justice startup will share its innovative business idea on the January 8, 2016 episode
BALTIMORE, Md. – Hungry Harvest, a Maryland business aimed at eliminating food waste and ending hunger in the United States, is set to appear on ABC’s Shark Tank on January 8, 2016 at 9:00pm EST. It is the first to appear on the show from the Washington DC/Maryland area, as well as the first ‘ugly produce’ business to pitch to the Sharks. Founder & CEO Evan Lutz, a Pikesville (Baltimore suburb) native and a 2014 University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business graduate, will pitch his business idea to the Sharks, in hopes that they will help him in promoting food justice.
Lutz co-founded Hungry Harvest in May 2014 after learning that six billion pounds of fresh produce is thrown away every year. The organization sells “surplus” produce, produce that would otherwise be wasted because of its odd size or shape. This produce is no different quality than produce you would buy at a grocery store or farmer’s market. Hungry Harvest delivers a box of surplus fruits and vegetables to subscribers in the Maryland and D.C. areas every week, year round, for discounted prices. For every box delivered, a healthy meal is donated to those in need.
“Having the opportunity to appear on Shark Tank is a dream come true,” says Lutz. “I believe that Shark Tank is the vehicle to help propel our local, mission-driven business to scale across the country.”
To date, Hungry Harvest has recovered 300,000 pounds of produce from going to waste and delivered 100,000 pounds to those in need. With the help of one of the Sharks, Lutz foresees those numbers significantly increasing as they expand across the US.
During the show, local viewers watching will have the opportunity to participate in a trivia contest on social media to win six months worth of free produce. Questions will be episode-related.
Remember to tune in on January 8th at 9:00pm EST to see if one of the Sharks will help Lutz to bring his dreams to fruition. Shark Tank has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, and Lutz, along with the rest of the team at Hungry Harvest, is looking for the chance to secure a deal that could eventually lead to ending hunger and food waste in the United States.
About Hungry Harvest: Hungry Harvest, LLC is on a mission to end food waste and hunger in the US. We deliver surplus produce to subscribers every week, year round, for discounted prices. For every box delivered, we donate a healthy meal to those in need. We sell produce with purpose.