all the lovin’
We have a budget of about $1 per meal and from that we have to make food that is healthy and tasty. What the folks here are eating is local food, in season, which is what the really great restaurants around the world are trying to do and what Lovin’ Spoonfuls supplies to us.
-Frank van Overbeeke, Executive Chef at Pine Street Inn
Lovin’ Spoonfuls means that we can continue to fulfill our mission in tough economic times when there seems to be a greater demand for soup kitchens. We really emphasize not just feeding the homeless, but feeding them healthy food like fresh grains, fruits and vegetables.
-Jon Klein, Haley House
Boston’s a caring city, Boston is a giving city, and that’s why Lovin’ Spoonfuls is so powerful. They give us the tools so folks who might not have a nutritious meal, have it…We can’t eradicate hunger, but we can slow it down. We can make sure more and more families have a nutritious meal – something healthy – and that’s what Lovin’ Spoonfuls does…
-Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston
It’s staggering to know that that much food is getting thrown out when it could be provided to the people who really need it. For Lovin’ Spoonfuls to come in and take what might be on the back-end of a restaurant’s needs and put it to good use – it’s upcycling, and getting it where it should be- in the hands of people who need it.
- Erin Byers Murray, author, Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm
At a time of rising costs of bread, eggs, fruit and vegetables … food rescue is absolutely part of the equation and solution.
-Jim Greene, Director, City of Boston Emergency Shelter Commission
The minute food isn’t available for resale, it leaves an opportunity and the question is, who gets that opportunity? Is it the dumpster or is it people? We turn on the TV every day, we open the newspaper, we’re hearing about obesity, we’re hearing about nutrition- we know that there is food productivity out there, it’s just not getting to the right people.
-Jeff Gates, Partner, Aquitaine Group
There’s need, there’s hunger- then there are solutions. But not enough of them… Lovin’ Spoonfuls is one that has made me more comfortable on the planet; more sure of how I can be more involved and what we can do in our industry to clean up after ourselves and to make sure that we’re giving back to the community in every way possible.
-Christopher Myers, Restaurateur and Owner, Myers + Chang
Organizations like Lovin’ Spoonfuls can actually solve the problem of food waste, which is a national tragedy.
-Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods and MSN’s Appetite for Life and author, The Bizarre Truth