who we are
Headquartered in Boston, MA, Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a 501c3, non-profit organization that is legitimizing local, immediate, and responsible food rescue. We facilitate the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. Lovin’ Spoonfuls works efficiently to deliver this food directly to the community organizations and resources where it can have the greatest impact.
Lovin’ Spoonfuls is the bridge between abundance and need, leading systemic change in hunger relief. We solidify community resources by connecting grocery stores, produce wholesalers, farms and farmers markets to local meal programs and social service entities serving those in need. Lovin’ Spoonfuls utilizes a direct distribution system where our refrigerated trucks pick up fresh, healthy, perishables foods from donors and deliver it directly to meal centers within the same day.
Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ simple but effective model, allows our food donors to support their community, reduce their waste disposal costs and environmental emissions footprint while qualifying for a tax-deduction for their donated food.
Our focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains helps our beneficiaries to consistently provide their at-risk clients with healthy and wholesome meals while providing relief to their operating budgets.
Since 2010, the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team has rescued and distributed more than 2,000,000 pounds of fresh food in the Boston area, feeding over 500,000 people, and we currently have four refrigerated vehicles on the road.
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.
Bridging the gap between abundance and need.
why we do it
The face of hunger in America has changed. Food insecurity affects a rising number of families in communities across the nation. Here, one in five Bostonians is classified as food insecure, and the number of residents participating in federal meal assistance programs is at an all-time high. At the same time, 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?
Reduce food waste:
In the United States, we produce 430 billion pounds of food, enough to feed far more than our population, and as much as 40% of it goes to waste. Even though there are over 700,000 food insecure residents1; in Massachusetts, there is no lack of food available. Our work connects people in need to the bounty of unused food that exists in our community. We’re working to address the problem of food insecurity locally while simultaneously minimizing the astounding amount of food that ends up in landfills nationally. Food waste in the US is estimated at over 70 billion pounds each year2, 95% of which went directly into landfills in 20123.
We’re also wasting precious natural resources in the production and subsequent trashing 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 use4 and over 300 million barrels of oil every year5.
Additionally, $750 million in tax dollars are spent annually to incinerate discarded food6, and the value of that food is over $165 billion7. 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.
Change the conversation:
In addition to our direct distribution services, we work 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. We have an extremely strong and dedicated community of advocates in the Boston area that support us by participating in our program, attending events, helping us raise awareness and donating their time, money and resources to our cause.