Hungry Harvest Brings Food Waste Fighting Produce Delivery to The Queen City. Hungry Harvest, the farm to doorstep produce delivery service fighting food waste by saving at least 10 pounds of produce with every box, is excited to announce that they will be expanding to the Charlotte market. Every year, 1.2 million tons of food goes to waste in North Carolina, while 1 in 6 residents live in food insecurity. “Food waste is not only a moral and economic travesty, it is one of the largest threats to the environment today,” says CEO and Founder of Hungry Harvest, Evan Lutz. “That’s why Hungry Harvest has decided to expand our reach from the Triangle area to Charlotte and grow our impact in North Carolina.”
Hungry Harvest rescues surplus produce as well as fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste for not meeting arbitrary, cosmetic standards for size, shape or color. They curate variety boxes of this fresh, rescued produce and deliver it directly to subscribers’ homes using a team of local drivers. It is a solution that is affordable, convenient, and helps farmers receive a fair wage for their full harvest. Customizable boxes are packed with a new selection of fruits and veggies every week and start at just $15. With a variety of sizes and options to choose from, including organic, it is easy to find the right fit for any size household. Hungry Harvest also offers a marketplace full of produce and pantry staples as well as online storage and recipe resources to help complete the meal planning process.
Since 2014 Hungry Harvest has rescued over 15 million pounds of produce, eliminating 720 million gallons of water waste and 4,334 cars-worth of emissions in the process. They’ve also subsidized access to over 1 million pounds of fruits and vegetables to local hunger solving organizations, like Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh. But there is still a lot more work to be done.
“We must do everything in our power to fix the food system in North Carolina and throughout this country,” says Lutz, “We can’t all drive electric cars or participate in ocean cleanups every weekend. But we can change the way we eat. Eliminate waste, eat more plants, buy conscientiously and spread the word to your community.” While Lutz and his team recognize that 20 billion pounds of produce going to waste annually in this country is a problem bigger than any one single solution, they strongly believe in the idea that the small decisions we make around meals can collectively make progress toward solving an enormous crisis.
Produce box deliveries will be kicking off August 16, 2019 and Hungry Harvest is accepting pre-orders now at https://www.hungryharvest.net/charlotte
About Hungry Harvest
Hungry Harvest is a farm to doorstep produce delivery company on a mission to eliminate food waste and end hunger. Since their inception in 2014, they have rescued over 15 million pounds of fresh but oddly-shaped or surplus fruits and vegetables from going to waste. Deliveries of this produce in weekly variety boxes support Hungry Harvest’s contribution of over 1 million pounds of reduced-cost or donated produce to hunger-solving organizations. Produce boxes are less expensive than grocery stores and offer the convenience of delivery for a nominal delivery fee. Hungry Harvest currently delivers in Maryland, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey, Northern Delaware, Northern Virginia, South Florida, The Triangle area in North Carolina, and the Detroit Metro Region in Michigan.
Recognized by Forbes Magazine, The James Beard Foundation, Food Recovery Network, and the American Heart Association, Hungry Harvest has become one of the leading voices in the mission to eradicate food waste and hunger in this country.