Alyssa Hernandez launches Prosper Preserve Co. to save food that would be thrown away 2 December 2019

Alyssa Hernandez knows hunger. Being homeless as a teenager gave her perspective on food access. In 2018, she created No Hunger NOLA (, an organization dedicated to eradicating food waste and improving access to nutrition. Hernandez, who also works at Cochon, and her partner Matthew Holland, a sous chef at Justine, take excess food from restaurants, groceries and other providers and make gourmet canned goods. With the help of Propeller’s impact accelerator program, she will relaunch the project as Prosper Preserve Co. in January 2020. Hernandez also will set up a nonprofit side to do policy work.