SHIFT, a Baltimore-based management consulting and recruiting company, announced today that Evan Lutz, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hungry Harvest, has joined SHIFT Society, one of its core businesses. Hungry Harvest is a produce delivery company on a mission to end food waste and hunger, and was featured on Shark Tank in 2015.
SHIFT Society is the world’s only mission-driven, localized, invite-only entrepreneurial membership community. The organization is committed to creating meaningful, sustainable change in communities and solving issues facing the world. Members seek transformation to benefit their communities, businesses, and families.
“Evan has an incredible entrepreneurial spirit and drive to make our community better,” said Joe Mechlinski, founder and CEO of SHIFT. “He embodies what SHIFT Society was intended to do – connect people who are responsible for creating purposeful change through passion, dedication, and commitment.”
Lutz envisioned the idea for Hungry Harvest in the basement of his dorm room at the University of Maryland. He reached out to farmers and wholesalers to recover their surplus, or cosmetically imperfect, produce to deliver it to subscribers every week at an affordable price. For each box of produce sold, the company donates or subsidizes produce to fight hunger in local communities. Lutz went on to bring his idea to Shark Tank, and made a deal with investor Robert Herjavec. The company has now expanded its services to other states, delivering across Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida and New Jersey.
Lutz also had the opportunity to pitch Hungry Harvest at Betamore’s third annual Beta City live venture capital pitch competition to a panel of judges including Mayor Catherine Pugh. Hungry Harvest took home the grand prize of $25,000 sponsored by Brown Advisory.
Lutz has previous work experience at prominent Baltimore companies, including Under Armour and the National Aquarium. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business from The University of Maryland in 2014.
SHIFT (formerly entreQuest) is the only business collective brave and bold enough to shift the work world to transform the real world. SHIFT helps businesses, ranging from Fortune 500 to mid-sized companies, solve their most pressing issues, achieve ambitious goals, and capitalize on their greatest opportunities, to grow regardless. SHIFT’s core businesses are: SHIFT Consulting, SHIFT Recruiting, SHIFT Society, and SHIFT Ventures. Underlying everything SHIFT does is its triple-impact cornerstone: 1) Shift the work world to transform the real world, 2) The SHIFT 10X Effect (for every brand we work with, we help 10 more), and 3) Re-calibrating Corporate Social Responsibility to the highest standard.
To learn more, visit www.shiftthework.com.
About Hungry Harvest:
Hungry Harvest is a farm to doorstep produce delivery service that since our appearance on Shark Tank (and deal with Robert) has cut deeply into unnecessary food waste and hunger. Our subscribers have helped us rescue 4.5 million pounds of fresh but oddly shaped produce from going to a landfill, and enabled us to feed 70,000 families with our food access and subsidized donation efforts. 20-40% less expensive than grocery stores, Hungry Harvest produce boxes start at just $15 per week with no commitment. Recognized by Forbes Magazine, The James Beard Foundation, American Heart Association, Whole30, and featured in Anthony Bourdain's documentary WASTED! Hungry Harvest is rocking the grocery delivery industry on their mission to eradicate food waste and hunger.
To learn more, visit www.hungryharvest.net