Meet Kelsey!

Kelsey Moss joined our team in September 2015 as a Food Rescue Driver

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How did you arrive at Lovin’ Spoonfuls?
I was looking to move to Boston, and with a background in social work I was looking into many different social service agencies. I found that many of them partnered with Lovin’. I checked out the Lovin’ website and knew I wanted to work for such a needed organization.

Describe a typical work day. How does your job differ from the average truck driver?
I’m actually writing a Driver’s Seat post about this! I have never been a normal truck driver so I don’t know exactly, but we are kind of the opposite of a driver at grocery stores. We spend our time picking up food, not dropping off. And we get the privilege of delivering to lots of small organizations. I think we probably spend a lot more time on tight neighborhood streets!

What’s the strangest/most exotic food item you’ve picked up from a vendor?
Fuzzy melon. I picked it up just a few weeks in. I had to google it to even be able to tell others what they could make with it.

What are some of your favorite tunes/radio stations that you listen to on the road?
I listen to a LOT of NPR.  A little Adele is also a good afternoon boost.

Do your friends and family consider you a good cook? Any signature recipes?
I wouldn’t say I am a particularly good cook. I have always been friends with fantastic cooks so I get to enjoy their creations and wash the dishes.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Plain Greek yogurt, carrots, cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, string cheese, goat cheese (can you tell I am from Wisconsin?), bell peppers, eggs, milk, salsa.

What’s your favorite childhood food memory?
Well there are two things that are pretty weird about my childhood as it relates to food. One, I hated chocolate growing up. In general, I just didn’t enjoy the flavor. I was a bland food kid all the way. I’m so glad that this has not stuck with me forever! Two, we had a weird obsession with ketchup in my family. We LOVED to put it on our mac and cheese. These days, I find that thought repulsive, but I used to love it.

Has this job made you more aware of your own consumption habits? Have you made any significant changes as a result?
Yes! I am now willing to go to the store more frequently instead of stocking up and having food go bad.

What’s your favorite place/restaurant/neighborhood in Boston?
I just moved here about 6 months ago so I have only just begun exploring. I have a general rule to try not to go to the same restaurant frequently. There are so many new great places to try I don’t want to get stuck on one, so I don’t have a current favorite.

What is your motto?
Show up, be present, and try your best to be kind.

Who are your heroes?
There are too many to name. I am inspired by the many people in my life who take risks to pursue their dreams. They take a new job in the field they always wanted to explore but didn’t think they had a chance. They go back to school years later to pursue a new line of work that they thought they had missed the boat on. My heroes are my friends and family who decide to just go for it, as crazy as their life or idea my be. Those people inspire me to take risks in my own life and I always want to be a risk taker.