Every year, 40 percent of food goes to waste in the US, 20 billion pounds of which is produce. What’s more, 20 percent of people in the United States are food insecure, meaning they have little access to affordable and nutritious food. The situation has become even more critical due to the pandemic which has created additional financial hardships for many, making it even more difficult to access healthy food.
But one social entrepreneur is on a mission to end food waste and hunger and he’s been working extra hard to keep up during COVID. We speak with him next.
Welcome to In the Business of Change, where we speak with social entrepreneurs impacting their communities and the world. I’m your host Elisa Birnbaum publisher and editor in chief of SEE Change Magazine. As many of you know, I’m also the author of a book by the same name, profiling social entrepreneurs around the world and their lessons learned, which was recently released as an audiobook too. So, if you’re looking for a gift this holiday season for that wannabe social entrepreneur in your life – and want to support SEE Change at the same time, check out In the Business of Change wherever you normally buy your books and audiobooks, including Amazon or on our website.
On today’s episode we speak with Evan Lutz, co-founder and CEO of Hungry Harvest. In our conversation he explains how the company sources produce that may never end up on grocery shelves, whether because they’re “ugly”, misshapen or overproduced, and delivers it to people across the US. They also run programs that distribute produce to people in need. Win. Win. We then discuss his experience as a Shark Tank alum and how the experience continues to motivate and help move the company forward.