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Hungry Harvest Partners With Georgia Organics

Hungry Harvest is a produce delivery service in Baltimore with a mission to reduce food waste and feed hungry families. They work with farms and wholesalers to source “surplus” produce that otherwise would have gone to waste because of its size or shape.

Hungry Harvest assembles it in to balanced variety boxes and deliver it to subscriber’s doors every week, year round. For every box delivered,  a box is donated to a hungry individual in need.

Hungry Harvest is now partnering with Georgia Organics in order to procure more produce from our state, and eventually bring their entire range of services to the Southeast.

Do you frequently have produce that winds up in the compost pile or is otherwise wasted? Hungry Harvest may be a good option to generate revenue from that produce.

Hungry Harvest is seeking to build relationships with growers to obtain consistent supply. Their goal is to reduce uncertainty in commodity pricing and volumes, as well as allow farmers to have a reliable outlet for their commodities. Hungry Harvest will benefit from consistent supply, and farmers benefit from having a consistent sales stream for off grade or unmarketable products.

Additionally, rather than dictating the supply of each commodity, Hungry Harvest is interested in supporting farmers by basing our buying patterns on the supply of each commodity that farmers already grow.

Interested in learning more about Hungry Harvest? Reach out to Kevin Kresloff at Kevin.K@hungryharvest.net or call him at 301-675-5964.

  1. I realize this program is doing good but how are they rationalizing selling product that would traditionally be going to local food banks?

    • Hey Ben,

      For every CSA share sold, they donate one as well. So a lot of the produce will end up at food banks. This way, farmers are paid for that work instead of losing money growing and transporting it. Very few farmers donate extra produce to food banks without external support due to these logistical constraints, and a significant chunk ends up in the compost pile.

    • We had to use the food bank a couple of years ago and the food bank was not healthy and we didn’t get fruit and vegetables. We usually got corn frozen, tuna (non albacore) pancake batter, peas, kidney beans, mixed can vegetables, Apple sauce and jar of peanut butter. I gained almost 40lbs and could not get my weight back down..

      We love Hungry Harvest. .this week we will get the following:

      FULL VEGGIE HARVEST
      Campari Tomatoes – pack
      Farmer overgrew ’em
      2
      Fingerling Potatoes – lbs
      The largest fingerling potatoes we’ve ever seen.
      2
      Green Bell Peppers
      Farmer overgrew ’em, so we stepped in
      4
      Green Cabbage
      Who cares that the outer leaves are discolored? It’s the inside that counts 😉
      1
      Kale – bunch
      Light yellowing on the outer leaves. 
      1
      Organic Broccoli – bunch
      Surplus & large!
      2
      Yellow Onions
      Ugly exterior. Peel back a layer to find pure beauty within!
      2
      Zucchini
      “Too big” for grocery stores. Oh well, more for us. 
      3
      MINI FRUIT HARVEST
      Ataulfo Mangoes
      Discolored outside, gorgeous inside. Give ’em a squeeze to tell when they’re ripe.
      4
      Clementines – lbs
      Scarred on the outside, delicious on the inside. 
      2
      Organic Blackberries – 6oz
      Harmless red-ish color. Try one – ready to eat when sweet!
      1
      Organic Gala Apples
      Wonky shapes and sizes
      4
      Organic Kiwi
      Surplus! Did you know that kiwis are rich in Vitamin C?
      6
      Red Bartlett Pears
      Light scarring on the outside
      4
      Red Flame Grapes – 2lbs
      A bit “too small” to go to market. We prefer to call them cute!
      Peaches. .

      And we feel healthy, dropped that crazy weight, the food is FRESH AND NOT CONNED and our grocery bill dropped almost half..

  2. I’m glad to hear they are donating back! To whom are they donating this extra share? Does that go to someone in Georgia or does it go to someone in Baltimore?

    Federal tax law changed in January to offer accelerated tax incentives to small business making food donations. This makes is far more affordable for farmers of all sizes to donate produce (whether it could’ve been sold or would’ve end up composted).

    Georgia food banks often offer the logistical support you mentioned in order to make it feasible for farmers to donate. I know our food bank does it all the time. Something to consider!

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