Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hungry Harvest For a Good Cause

Yesterday, I saw these bags of fresh fruits and vegetables at people's desk - "what is this all about?" I asked.

MedStar Health Research Institute has recently partnered with Hungry Harvest, who recovers the agricultural surplus and delivers it right to you at affordable prices. For every bag they deliver, they make a matching donation to someone in need. In fact, did you know 6 billion pounds of edible produce are wasted each year in the U.S? This program helps to make sure less food is wasted and gets to people that  need it.
A sample Hungry Harvest delivery

The first MedStar Health Research Institute sites piloting this program are University Town Center and MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Assorted bags of produce are delivered every week and the company offers 10-week subscriptions with 2 size options:

Full share- $17/week  10-14 pounds of produce
Half share-$12/week  5-7 pounds of produce

They'll even send you recipes to go along with your weekly delivery.  

MHRI Associate Patricia Evans with her sauteed
brussel sprouts,bacon, and sweet potatoes made from 
her Hungry Harvest delivery! 
The co-founder and CEO, Evan Lutz, a recent University of Maryland graduate is also the son of MHRI associate Helene Lutz RN, MSN, Research Coordinator. 

To date, MHRI employees have:

-Reduced 400 pounds of produce from going to waste

-Donated 200 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to hungry families in need, feeding over 25 families

From this program, this past week, donations were made to Manna Food Center of Montgomery County on MHRI's behalf.

To learn more about this program, visit: http://www.hungryharvest.net/. 

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