The face of hunger in America has changed. Food insecurity affects a rising number of families in every community across the nation. Here, one in five Bostonians are classified as food insecure, and the number of residents participating in federal meal assistance programs is at an all-time high. The influx of cheap, processed food items over the past four decades has contributed to the alarming spike in rates of obesity and diet-related health risks, especially among low-income populations. Traditional models of hunger relief rely on the convenience of non-perishable pantry staples typically laden with high levels of sodium, sugar, and chemical preservatives. But why should we stop at non-perishables when there is so much fresh food already available?
Even though there are over 800,000 food insecure residents in Massachusetts, there is no lack of food available. Our work aims to connect people in need to the bounty of unused food that prevails in our community. We work to address the problem of food insecurity on a local level, while also doing our part to alleviate the astounding amount of food that ends up in landfills across the country. Food waste is estimated at over 100 billion pounds each year, 97% of which went directly into landfills in 2010. Not only does the food itself go to waste, precious natural resources are also squandered in the production of this food. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the production of food that ultimately goes to waste in America accounts for 25% of the nation’s total freshwater use and over 300 million barrels of oil every year. Additionally, one billion tax dollars are spent annually to incinerate discarded food, and the value of that food is over $167 billion. While the numbers are shocking, the message is clear: there is enough food out there to feed those in need, and Lovin’ Spoonfuls is here to help.
In addition to our direct distribution services, we aim to foster increased awareness of the ongoing issues of food waste and food insecurity in our local community by educating the public, and serving as a local platform for Boston to join the national conversation on food waste. As an organization, we have an extremely strong and dedicated community of advocates in the Boston area support us by participating in our program. attending events, helping us raise awareness and donating their time, money and resources to our cause.
There is enough food out there – let’s go get it!
Handling perishable and prepared foods requires attention to detail and compliance with the regulations set by the state of Massachusetts. All Lovin’ Spoonfuls employees are ServSafe certified and trained in proper and responsible food handling. We operate a fleet of refrigerated vehicles for maximum safety and efficiency.