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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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314 comments

  • Ivan I.
    01/28/2020 18:02

    KUDOS

  • حقي ا.
    01/28/2020 17:08

    ارحموا لترحموا

  • Ruel R.
    01/28/2020 15:04

    shheeetttt infoooo 😭😭😭😭

  • Mohan S.
    01/28/2020 13:32

    QA!

  • Maria L.
    01/28/2020 05:02

    Bendiciones a todos los que pasen esa obra posible que Dios esté siempre presente en sus vidas y sus corazones

  • 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

    Ebrahim Andolini lhma9

  • Einre C.
    01/26/2020 15:31

    Current food system = Capitalism

  • Ayla T.
    01/25/2020 21:48

    Super

  • Em M.
    01/25/2020 21:09

    ور

  • 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

  • Ida
    01/25/2020 03:19

    Aq sngat sedih skli krna aq tk tau apa yg dia bicarakn😭😭😭

  • 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.

  • Shennah L.
    01/22/2020 17:20

    Support local produce

  • Elly F.
    01/22/2020 13:24

    Ich finde das eine gute Idee sollte unbedingt Schule machen.