It will soon be easier to fresh fruits and vegetable in Detroit.
Hungry Harvest will launch its doorstep fruit and vegetable delivery service across the city in June. It is also launching the service in Ann Arbor.
The company rescues fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste due to cosmetic imperfections or surpluses, puts the produce into weekly customizable harvest boxes and delivers directly to subscribers starting at just $15.
“Simple choices, like how we get our food, are more powerful than we think” says Evan Lutz, CEO and founder of Hungry Harvest. “Our move into the metro Detroit area helps to further Hungry Harvest’s mission to democratize access to healthy food by ending food waste and hunger in America.”
New customers looking to sign up for produce delivery and join Hungry Harvest’s food empowering mission can use code HEALTHYMI for $5 off their first box at hungryharvest.net.
Every Hungry Harvest delivery rescues at least 10 pounds of food from going to waste and supports the work of local hunger-solving organizations. It will partner to support the work of Forgotten Harvest, a nonprofit organization that delivers food – free of charge – to emergency food providers across metro Detroit.
“People all over metro Detroit face food insecurity every day” says Kirk Mayes, CEO of Forgotten Harvest. “Our trucks will continue to go out every day delivering healthy, rescued food to agencies that serve this vulnerable population. We welcome new partner businesses that contribute or redirect their surplus food to help our mission.”
Each year, 125 billion pounds of food are destined for the landfill, accounting for 14 percent of national water consumption and 176 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, a leading cause of climate change. Meanwhile, 20 percent of Americans live in food insecurity. In metro Detroit alone, 500,000 people live in poverty and are at risk of going hungry.
“Mission-driven businesses are a powerful tool to create a sustainable change in our food system and our environment” says Lutz. “We’re excited to partner with our subscribers and local nonprofits to bring consistent, accessible impact to Michigan.”
Founded in 2014, Hungry Harvest was created on the premise that every person has the right to eat healthy and every fruit and vegetable deserves to be eaten. With the help of their subscribers, Hungry Harvest has rescued more than eight million pounds of food from going to waste and supported donations of over 750,000 pounds of food to local hunger-solving groups.