“Hungry Harvest is a mission-driven organization that strives to eliminate food waste and eradicate hunger in the United States, starting with Maryland. They take fresh, surplus fruits and vegetables from local farms and wholesalers around the Mid-Atlantic and deliver it once a week. In addition, for every bag they deliver, they donate a bag to a person in need in the community.
6 billion pounds of produce goes to waste for unfathomable reasons each year while just around the DC/MD community, ten of thousands of families cannot afford healthy meals each week. Hungry Harvest partners with various donation partners and families to donate healthy fruits and vegetables to them.
Co-founder of Hungry Harvest, John Zamora contacted Food for Life Baltimore to see what produce they could use for their free meal program. “For the past 3 weeks we have been donating to the Baltimore chapter of Food For Life run by Lalit and Vidarbha Agarwal,” explained John.
One might ask, ‘what comes in each bag since it’s surplus?’ Each week, Hungry Harvest delivers has a variety — from carrots, apples, potatoes and squash to strawberries, onions, kale, and pears. Some fruit might be funny shaped, oversized, or under-sized, but they don’t discriminate since it all tastes the same! Their website is www.hungryharvest.net if you are interested in photos of their beautiful, quirky produce.
To date, Hungry Harvest has recovered over 150,000 pounds of produce from going to waste and has donated over 75,000 pounds to those in need in the community.
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Another piece of their social mission is that they now hire men from a local homeless shelter to help them get back on their feet. So far, 7 homeless men have been hired from the shelter for part-time jobs with Hungry Harvest and they plan to hire one of them as full time.