Founder & CEO
Food waste is a major problem in the U.S. as 20 billion pounds of produce is discarded each year becasuse of misshapen aesthetics before it even leaves the farm. Taking the “ugly” out of produce, Hungry Harvesst founder and CEO Evan Lutz is working to address food waste and hunger in the U.S. through farm-to-doorstep delivery.
Lutz understood early on without a solid team and a strong company culture, his mission would be hard to achieve. Hungry Harvest has seen a 20 percent increase in customer retention after implementing customization on subscription box orders. Operations have expanded to six cities and subscription delivery has expanded to nine states. He and his team have also been able to introduce a program that brings low-cost healthy food options to the food insecure population of Baltimore.
“Twice, the company has almost run out of money. Twice, I have been reminded of a powerful lesson. A strong culture is the staying power that allows a team to continue to operate at high performance, even when times are tough,” Lutz said.
Lutz believes companies have a responsibility to create an environment where employees can be happy. In turn, profits and success become a byproduct of those happy employees. Hungry Harvest is built on honesty, vulnerability and transparency — three pillars, he says, that are essential to a strong company culture.
Lutz has defined what it means to be a social entrepreneur and at the young age of 25, he is just getting started.
This is a winner profile from The Daily Record’s 2018 Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs awards. Some information for this profile was sourced from the honoree’s application for the award.