Battling food waste and hunger in America the focus of convocation

February 8, 2019

Evan Lutz, a social entrepreneur devoted to ending food waste and hunger in the United States, will present Carleton’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Feb. 15, from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. In his presentation, “How Ugly Produce Can Help Solve Hunger,” Lutz will share his mission of combatting the nation’s massive food distribution problem, one ugly apple at a time.

Carleton convocations are free and open to the public. They are also recorded and archived for online viewing here.

Billions of pounds of fresh produce go to waste in the United States every year, ending up in landfills and producing harmful greenhouse gases. Meanwhile, 40 million—or 1 in 8—Americans are food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to enough food needed for an active, healthy life. Lutz’s company, Hungry Harvest, seeks to help food-insecure Americans by purchasing surplus produce from farms, packaging the surplus in custom boxes, and delivering the food to customers for less than retail cost.

Lutz launched Hungry Harvest after appearing on the ABC television production, “Shark Tank,” where he made a deal with businessman Robert Herjavec. Since the appearance, Lutz has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio and in The Washington Post, and was featured in Forbes’ “30 under 30” list in 2017. Based in Baltimore, Hungry Harvest received the Montgomery Country Emerging Business of the Year Award, which was previously awarded to companies such as Honest Tea, Sweet Green and Comcast. More online here.

This event is sponsored by Carleton College Convocations. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located at First and College Streets in Northfield.