Rosslyn, Virginia-based HUNGRY has closed a $20 million Series B funding round.
Launched in 2016, the company connects independent chefs with office and event catering gigs online. Some notable customers using HUNGRY’s platform include Amazon, E-Trade and Microsoft.
This latest funding round was led by Evolution Ventures and former Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb, who will join HUNGRY’s board of directors. The company plans to use the fresh funding to expand into new cities. HUNGRY currently operates in D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, New York and Atlanta, with a goal to be in 25 cities before the end of 2021.
“The outpouring of interest in HUNGRY has been nothing short of amazing,” said HUNGRY CEO Jeff Grass in a statement. “What started as a mission to revolutionize the $60 billion office catering market has quickly snowballed into a life-changing, money-making endeavor for chefs across the country.”
Like its Series A funding raise last April, this latest round gained a lot of support from celebrities. Some additional investors in the Series B funding round include:
- Actor Kevin Hart
- Jay-Z’s Marcy Venture Partners fund
- Los Angeles Rams runningback Todd Gurley
- President Obama’s “body man” Reggie Love
- Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner
- Celebrity chef Marc Vetri
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Su
- Former White House chef Sam Kass
“Great founders, great mission, and they have achieved great success in short order,” Hart told Forbes in a recent feature about HUNGRY’s Series B. “Hungry is leveling the playing field for chefs and giving them economic opportunities that they never had before. I’m a big supporter of what this business stands for.”
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HUNGRY reports that it delivers 100,000 meals per month and for every two meals sold, the company provides one meal to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Since inception, the company said it has donated nearly 500,000 meals.
This latest investment brings HUNGRY’s venture capital raise to $29.5 million.