Boston Globe, November 2010

Collecting an Overlooked Bounty: Lovin’ Spoonfuls brings perishable foods to hunger agencies

Ashley Stanley unloads food at Pine Street Inn. She started Lovin’ Spoonfuls in January to collect and deliver mostly perishable foods to organizations that feed the hungry around Boston. Stanley hopes to add another truck soon.

Ashley Stanley unloads food at Pine Street Inn. She started Lovin’ Spoonfuls in January to collect and deliver mostly perishable foods to organizations that feed the hungry around Boston. Stanley hopes to add another truck soon. (Bill Greene/Globe Staff)

First stop is Trader Joe’s, which donates six boxes of fruits and vegetables. Next, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, where chef Jeremy Sewall provides three pans of prepared food: beef and rice, risotto, and fruit salad, all untouched from a restaurant event. From there, the van heads to the Boston Rescue Mission on Kingston Street near Downtown Crossing.

Until recently, the Rescue Mission and other hunger organizations rarely received fresh produce. Now it does, thanks to Ashley Stanley and Benjamin Delfiner of Lovin’ Spoonfuls, which Stanley launched in January. Charles Sommers, the food service director there who feeds about 200 people a day, hugs Stanley when she arrives.

This is one of many stops that Stanley, 31, makes at shelters, soup kitchens, and other social assistance programs. While many organizations collect shelf-stable items, Lovin’ Spoonfuls gathers fresh goods from supermarkets, produce wholesalers, bakeries, restaurants, and other sources and delivers directly to agencies that feed the hungry. Pantries mostly deal with cans and boxes because they don’t have refrigeration. Stanley’s motto is: “There is enough food out there; let’s go get it.’’

For more information on Lovin’ Spoonfuls, go to www.lovinspoonfulsinc.org.

Lisa Zwirn can be reached at lisa@lisazwirn.com.

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