This Food Day, we’re asking supporters to cast a vote for Lovin’ Spoonfuls! We are a non-profit food rescue organization that facilitates the recovery and distribution of healthy, perishable food that would otherwise be discarded.
Since our founding in 2010, we have grown to a 6-person organization with 3 full-time drivers and 3 refrigerated vehicles on the road Monday-Friday throughout the Greater Boston area. To date, we have rescued over 800,000 pounds of healthy, perishable foods.
Lovin’ Spoonfuls provides nearly 40 different food retailers & wholesalers, farms, farmers markets and CSA distribution points with an outlet for donating excess and unsalable fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy, and whole grains, reducing their waste and providing a tax-deductible food donation opportunity to support their community.
Using a direct distribution system, we deliver those healthy, perishable foods to over 20 non-profit beneficiaries, including soup kitchens, homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and food pantries, allowing those organizations to spend more on their missions, and less on purchasing food.
One in five Bostonians are classified as food insecure— meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from— and the number of residents participating in federal meal assistance programs is at an all-time high. As food insecurity rates continue to rise throughout the country, obesity and diet-related health risks are also increasing, particularly among low-income populations. When it is a challenge to put food on the table, it follows that purchasing healthy alternatives such as fresh produce often falls by the wayside. Yet the food provided by many traditional food assistance programs consists predominantly of overly processed, non-perishable staples laden with salt, sugar and chemical preservatives. Lovin’ Spoonfuls helps social assistance agencies balance their own budgets by providing fresh food at no charge, which in turn allows these organizations to offer healthier food options to their clients and focus their spending on addressing other critical needs. Our work aims to connect people in need to the bounty of unused food that prevails in our community. Access to nutritious food should be a right, not a privilege reserved for the wealthy.
On October 24th, Food Day, Lovin’ Spoonfuls will be featured in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good promotion at www.100CarsforGood.com. A vote for us between 10am and midnight (EST) on Food Day will help us receive a Toyota Tundra! If we win the truck, we will be outfitting it with a refrigerated box, allowing us to expand our reach and serve more of the Greater Boston population. Please mark your calendars and thank you for your vote!
To learn more about Lovin’ Spoonfuls, please visit www.lovinspoonfulsinc.org.