5 Questions with… Hungry Harvest

Hungry Harvest rescues produce that’s a little off-size, off-color, a little ugly, or perhaps overproduced – and brings it right to your door! They’re a Whole30 Approved brand that’s working to save food that would otherwise go to waste, which in turn benefits the environment and those who are hungry in our country. In addition to selling reasonably-priced “Harvest Boxes” (delivered weekly to your door!), Hungry Harvest donates a portion of their produce every week to hunger-solving organizations in the communities they serve. Learn more about their hunger relief efforts here. We caught up with Hungry Harvest’s Creative Manager Tim Parrott to learn more about the company’s origins, values, and mission.

Tell us a little about your story – How did Hungry Harvest come to be?

Hungry Harvest was established in 2014 by our CEO Evan Lutz in his dorm room basement during his senior year at the University of Maryland. He started off by knocking on doors, explaining what ‘ugly produce’ was, and offering free trials. The 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. The struggles of the first year were vindicated on June 17, 2015, when we made a deal with Robert Herjavec on Shark Tank. Fast forward to today: We’re four years old, with a team of more than 50 people spread across nine states. Everything we do is driven by the belief that every person has the right to eat healthy and every fruit and veggie grown deserves to be eaten. We won’t stop until that belief becomes reality.

Why was it important for you to become a Whole30 approved company?

Our mission in the fight against food waste and hunger is paved through healthier living. We love that Whole30 promotes eating a healthy diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. It felt like a no brainer to team up so that we could offer our services to those folks on the Whole30 plan, not only to make access to produce more convenient for them, but also to enable them to do good for their communities and the planet, while doing good for their bodies.

Tell us a little bit about your company culture and social values!

We believe in a simple equation. Happier employees = greater chance of success. The greater our co-worker’s happiness at Hungry Harvest, the greater the likelihood of our success. This means we value each other’s opinions, respect each other’s time, listen more than talk, work hard, and still make time for fun. We accept that we’re not perfect, and we’re going to have challenges building a good culture, but it helps that we’re all motivated to be here together, with the hopes of leaving this planet a little bit better than how we found it.

Talk to us a bit about food waste and food rescue? How much food is wasted every year in the U.S. and how does Hungry Harvest help to make a difference?

Every year, 40 percent of food goes to waste in this country. 20 billion pounds of that is produce that’s lost on farms. The injustice of wasting this much edible food when 20 percent in the United States lack access to a nutritious diet is plenty reason to rescue this produce & mend a broken food system. Hungry Harvest works every day to rescue fresh & delicious produce whose only crime is being a little off-size, off-color, a little ugly or a little overproduced. We pack it into weekly variety boxes & deliver it to our subscribers’ doorsteps. So far, with the help of our Harvest Heroes, we’ve rescued over 10 million pounds of food from going to waste & contributed over 850,000 pounds of reduced-cost or donated produce to local hunger-solving organizations.

We know it’s hard to choose a favorite child – but which is your favorite fruit or vegetable and why?

That is a tricky one, but we might have to go with the humble carrot. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like them – probably because they are so versatile! You can eat ‘em raw, juice them, make soup out of them, roast them, you can even turn them into baked goods! Plus, we kind of have a thing for the color orange!

Hungry Harvest currently serves customers in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey, Northern Delaware, South Florida, The Triangle Area in North Carolina & the Detroit Metro Area. Use code EVERYDAYWHOLE for $5 off your first delivery. Learn more at https://www.hungryharvest.net/where-we-deliver