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Fighting Waste With Ugly Food

These fresh vegetables would have ended up in the landfill because they're ugly. But thanks to Hungry Harvest, they could end up on your plate instead.

Upgrading the food system

This “ugly” produce might have ended up in a landfill. Instead, it went to Hungry Harvest. A company combating food waste by shipping it to consumers at a discount. The Franciscan Center receives donations — including from Hungry Harvest to feed hundreds of people at their community kitchen. Evan Lutz. Evan Lutz is a 26 -year-old social entrepreneur from Baltimore, Maryland who is passionate about food justice, entrepreneurship, and the Baltimore Ravens.

All of these vegetables are maybe abused from supermarkets, but they are perfect for us. ‘Cause feeding 500 people is a daunting task, but everything here you’ll see will go to use. Food waste is one of the largest contributors to climate change. If it were a country — if food waste were a country — it would be the third largest contributor to climate change behind the United States and China. And the thing is though, waste is very preventable and solvable issue. We are in Jessup, Maryland produce terminal. The Hungry Harvest warehouses. I started way back in 2014, about five and a half years ago, and I started with just farm stands selling one farmer's surplus ** produce to college students at the University of Maryland. It's blossomed into Hungry Harvest, where we prevent about 18 million pounds of produce from going to waste,” Evan Lutz, CEO, Hungry Harvest tells Brut.

Lutz procures his produce from farms, packing houses, wholesalers and sells them in subscription boxes, community markets "Produce in a SNAP", and donations to food banks and community kitchens. In working toward the mission of reducing food waste, Lutz sees room to create more efficiency and for the companies to potentially work together. At the same time, he said, “there’s plenty of room in the market for a few companies to compete and build successful businesses.”

Brut.

12/01/2019 12:58 PM
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293 comments

  • Ruel R.
    01/28/2020 15:04

    shheeetttt infoooo 😭😭😭😭

  • Mohan S.
    01/28/2020 13:32

    QA!

  • Rickdy V.
    01/27/2020 22:33

    Bless this man!

  • Sofyan H.
    01/27/2020 08:03

    Setaronah tak laku

  • Za C.
    01/26/2020 20:48

    lhma9

  • Le A.
    01/26/2020 15:31

    Current food system = Capitalism

  • Ayla T.
    01/25/2020 21:48

    Super

  • Sandy W.
    01/25/2020 07:57

    I cant believe that they throw away good food All in the name of food looking pretty People need to come and live on a farm

  • Aroha N.
    01/25/2020 05:32

    Awesome

  • Evelyn N.
    01/24/2020 05:20

    Wow amazing job.god bless you guys

  • Estuardo F.
    01/24/2020 02:27

    Wtf la gente en europa tira la buena comida que les pasa?

  • Nerier E.
    01/24/2020 01:20

    if i was there, i want to cook for them...

  • Caridad B.
    01/23/2020 05:44

    Very good idea.

  • Tauseef A.
    01/22/2020 04:52

    Very nice thought

  • Asan R.
    01/21/2020 17:35

    Even the ugly shaped vegetables are not bought

  • Sylvia N.
    01/21/2020 07:48

    That's how most of our produce comes out from the farm. Have you ever tried to harvest sweet potatos or tomato and seen how they look right after, if it's 100% organic or minimum fertilers were used? I just think westerner like plastic and GMO food more than real, authentic, healthy food like Africans and Asians

  • Illie C.
    01/21/2020 07:10

    Food waste got nothing to do with climate change

  • Lupita W.
    01/21/2020 02:19

    Good job guys. Keep doing the good deeds

  • Tony M.
    01/20/2020 22:58

    Thank you

  • Mohamed H.
    01/20/2020 20:37

    احلى مسا على الناس الحلوة الكويسة مساؤ هنا مني انا محمد حسنين هيكل أشهر رجل في مصر