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.