By Andrew Wroblewski
A year after Scott Reich and Michael Winik brought their business venture, OurHarvest, to Huntington’s Family Service League, the duo announced that more than 300 meals have been donated to the nonprofit organization.
OurHarvest, founded in July 2014, works directly with food suppliers to get customers fresh, quality, low-cost food by allowing buyers to pick up foods purchased from suppliers across the country at a variety of OurHarvest’s community partners, such as FSL, across Long Island and the five boroughs.
The partners donate a meal to local food pantries in or around a customer’s neighborhood for every $25 order placed through the OurHarvest website. So far, OurHarvest has donated “several thousand” meals to local pantries, Reich said.
One of those beneficiaries is FSL. Ever since OurHarvest partnered with the organization a year ago this week, more than 300 meals have been donated to FSL’s clients, “many of whom are struggling with mental illness or who are homeless,” Karen Boorshtein, president and CEO of FSL, said in an email Monday.
“Their contribution in the fight against hunger is helping to make a difference in the lives of others,” Boorshtein said. “We truly appreciate their partnership.”
Reich said that he and Winik are proud of OurHarvest’s presence in Huntington, which includes working with Fox Hollow Farm in South Huntington.
Since its founding, OurHarvest has grown to hold a presence in more than 50 communities across Long Island while maintaining a staff of 12 people. The small staff has conditioned Reich and Winik, both 32 years old, to grow the company “responsibly.”
“We’re fortunate to be doing so great and to continue expanding our number of suppliers, but we’re trying to be smart and strategic about or growth,” Reich said. “We want to grow responsibly so that we can maintain high levels of customer satisfaction.”
Reich added that OurHarvest has attracted interest from other communities across Long Island, but the duo is asking for patience.
“We really don’t say ‘no’ to anybody,” Reich said. “We say, ‘Just not yet.’”