Save the Date for the 4th Annual Ultimate Tailgate Party!

Everyone is talking about fall’s arrival, and while we happily enjoy the remaining days of summer, there is something special about the fall here at Lovin’ Spoonfuls. We happen to think it’s because of our signature event, the Ultimate Tailgate Party! This year, as we celebrate our upcoming 5 year anniversary, we are looking to make it our most successful event yet! It will still be on the lawn in front of Sam’s, but this year we’ll be under a larger tent, with a few new surprises! So, save the date, details coming soon and tickets will be on sale in the coming weeks – but mark your calendar now so you’re sure to be there. The party takes place on Sunday, November 9th!



Summer meals support is under way!

Lovin’ Spoonfuls is working with partners Stop & Shop and Whole Foods Market to source fresh fruits and vegetables this summer to provide to the summer meals programs in Framingham, Waltham, and Somerville. Summer meals programs are an essential summertime replacement for students who lose access to healthy meals when school is out. Inadequate nutrition during the summer can set kids back when they return to school in the fall.  Each district we work with is feeding hundreds of kids per day at various sites throughout their cities, trying to reach as many as possible. Because summer meals is a federally funded program, the budgets are slim, and they need to stretch their buying power as much as possible.  We can provide fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, and breads for the districts to use in the meals.

Each Monday for 9 weeks, we will be making collections from Stop & Shop locations and delivering the product to the meal production facilities in each district. The food services managers at each location can choose from what we have collected to supplement their meals – a recent collection yielded fruit for snacking: apples, bananas, clementines, and vegetables for salads or cooking: peppers, summer squash, lettuce. All of this product might have been wasted, but it’s healthy, fresh food that can be put to great use feeding kids throughout the area this summer!

Project Bread is working with summer meals programs across the region and granted funds to Lovin’ Spoonfuls to operate this program.

Thanks to all who attended the Lovin’ Pop-Up!

Last Tuesday, we were fortunate to host an incredible Pop-Up dinner to benefit Lovin’ Spoonfuls which raised over $20,000 for our work! Joined by some amazing people, we kicked off the evening with a cocktail party featuring delicious bites from Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow) and Louis DiBiccari (Tavern Road), as well as an amazing charcuterie display from Josh Smith (Moody’s Delicatessen).  There were great cocktails developed by Nick Korn (Offsite) plus beers from Peak Organic and wines compliments of MS Walker.


And then there was dinner…a four course experience paired with wines selected by Justin Shaw of MS Walker. The four dinner chefs brought their game and served an incredible menu.  Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa, Toro & Toro NYC kicked the meal off with a dish featuring lamb morcilla, octopus, heirloom beans, hummus & tahini.  Andrew Zimmern, of Bizarre Foods fame, followed that with a fiery Bangkok-style crispy poussin with lemongrass and chiles, served with sticky rice.  Matthew Jennings, of the forthcoming Townsman restaurant in Boston, served a soft-shell crab with ramp & pistachio relish and fermented black beans.  Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery + Cafe closed the meal on a sweet note with a delightful spring pavlova with berries and figs.

The support of the restaurant community on this event can not be overstated – they prepped, cooked, set-up, served, bussed, poured, hosted, and did everything above and beyond what we could have asked for, and made the evening a huge success.  So much so, that everyone wants to do it again next year.  So, if you missed the opportunity to join us at this event, don’t worry, because it will be back next year!

Join us for a Pop-Up Dinner with award-winning chefs!

Lovin’ Spoonfuls is thrilled to be hosting an exciting and unique benefit Pop-Up Dinner on June 10th – featuring four courses from:

  • James Beard award winner/Bizarre Foods star, author and food justice advocate Andrew Zimmern
  • James Beard award winner Jamie Bissonnette of Toro Boston, Coppa Enoteca, and Toro NYC
  • James Beard finalist and soon to be Boston-based Matthew Jennings of Farmstead, Inc. and the forthcoming Townsman
  • James Beard finalist and author Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang
The event will be at the New England Center for Arts and Technology downtown, and the intimate dinner will be paired with wines presented by MS Walker.
A separately ticketed cocktail party featuring a meet + greet with all the chefs will offer wine + cocktails, seasonal beers from Peak Organic, and hors d’oeuvres from good friends of Lovin’ Spoonfuls: Louis DiBiccari (Tavern Road), Josh Smith (Moody’s Delicatessen), and Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow).  Details and tickets can be purchased here!

Whole Foods Hosts a 5% Day for Lovin’ Spoonfuls!

Three Whole Foods Market Boston locations are hosting a 5% Day to support Lovin’ Spoonfuls on 4/29/14!  Save your grocery trip for Tuesday and support our work by shopping at the Charles River Plaza, Jamaica Plain, or Symphony locations.  5% of the sales for that day will be donated to Lovin’ Spoonfuls!


Intermix Event on 4.24

Join Ashley Stanley and Intermix personal stylist Paula Darviris at Intermix Chestnut Hill on Thursday, April 24 from 6-8pm. Discover Intermix’s latest trends and curated collections; enjoy refreshments and light bites while you shop their must-have styles of the season. 10% of the proceeds from the evening’s purchases will support Lovin’ Spoonfuls!


The Lamb Jam Returns!

On Sunday, April 13, the Lamb Jam returns to Boston (or rather, Cambridge) at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.  Lamb Jam Boston is an epic tasting event and competition that brings together 20 chefs from Boston, Portland, Providence, and Portsmouth to compete for your vote and the honor of Best Lamb Dish in New England!

Joining the chefs will be 12 of New England’s top breweries, a couple winemakers and other local food artisans serving up tasty treats. In between bites, attendees can watch butcher demos, experience an interactive photo booth, and meet local shepherds.

The VIP hour features lamb charcuterie by many of our friends: Chef Jamie Bisonette of Toro & Coppa, Chef Louis DiBiccari of Tavern Road, Chef Dante de Magistris of Dante, and Chef Will Gilson of Puritan & Company.

A portion of the proceeds support Lovin’ Spoonfuls.  Visit the website for a full list of chefs and breweries and to buy tickets!

Join us at the WasteWise Commercial Food Waste Vendor Fair!

On June 12, representatives from Lovin’ Spoonfuls will attend the Commercial Food Waste Vendor Fair.  At the event, attendees will have a chance to connect with a wide range of vendors, including haulers, compostable product vendors, food donation and rescue organizations, and onsite organic waste reduction technologies.

We are excited to meet and connect with businesses who may look to utilize food rescue as a solution in their plan for reducing commercial food waste. The event, hosted by RecyclingWorks, will include presentations on the commercial organics waste ban and best management practices for commercial food waste separation offered throughout the day. Please see below for more details about the event!

When:   Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Where:  Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701

Time:  Doors will be open from 9:00 AM—2:00 PM.  This is an open door event with no registration fee for attendees.

Who Should Attend: Restaurants, Hospitals, Colleges & Universities, Property Managers, Dining Services Contractors, Food Processors/Manufacturers, Supermarkets, Businesses, Facilities Managers and other organizations who generate large amounts of food waste.

Click here to register as an attendee.  For more information on attending this event, please contact Stephanie Frank at

For full information, visit the RecyclingWorks website.

Run Jen Run!

We were so excited to receive one invitational entry to the 2014 Boston Marathon. But then we had to figure out the hard part: who can run for Lovin’ Spoonfuls? With runners on our board, our staff, in our friends & family, we had to find someone passionate about the work we are doing and willing to utilize his/her networks to fund raise on our behalf. We are thrilled to have Jennifer Gove heading our one-woman Boston Marathon team and look forward to cheering for her on April 21st.  Check out her fundraising page here and donate to support her run!

Globe GRANT Program

If you’re a Boston Globe subscriber, please consider granting your Globe GRANT certificate to Lovin’ Spoonfuls. We could gain valuable advertising space in The Boston Globe, reaching beyond our current audience to share what we’re doing. Full information is available here.

partner profile: SheGives Boston

Over the past few months, Lovin’ Spoonfuls has been fortunate enough to be supported by a new, innovative giving platform based in Boston called SheGives. Spearheaded by Founder and President Kirstan Barnett, SheGives is a philanthropic group comprised of passionate women interested in supporting local non-profit organizations. Lovin’ Spoonfuls was selected to be a part of SheGives’ inaugural non-profit slate, one of eight organizations carefully curated by the SheGives board of directors.

In October, SheGives hosted an event in honor of Lovin’ Spoonfuls where Founder and Executive Director Ashley Stanley spoke to a room full of SheGives members about our mission and the importance of food rescue. Fittingly, the event took place at long-time ‘Spoonfuls partner restaurant Myers + Chang. As both a founding member of SheGives and a member of our culinary board, chef Joanne Chang also provided her own unique insight about both SheGives and Lovin’ Spoonfuls to guests at the event. It was a wonderful evening filled with fantastic food and spirited conversation.

In addition to the event at Myers + Chang and financial contributions from individual members, SheGives has continued to support Lovin’ Spoonfuls by attending our own fall fundraising event and showcasing our work through staff profiles on their blog. As we begin another new year, we would like to thank the inspiring ladies of SheGives for their ongoing support and we look forward to continuing our partnership in 2014! For more information about SheGives, please visit their website here.

Meet Bob & Spencer, Lovin’ Spoonfuls Drivers

In 2013, we welcomed two new drivers to the team: Bob Burton and Spencer Meibos. Learn more about them both here!

Spencer Meibos

How did you arrive at Lovin’ Spoonfuls?
My fiancée had seen a post online about the position. I had taken some time off upon moving to Boston in 2010, and had started looking for work again at the end of 2012. I had been a chemical analyst for 13 years prior to moving here, so I had only been looking for positions in that field. Danielle (my beloved fiancée) suggested I try something new, so just for the fun of it, I looked into the company and what they were all about. Immediately, I was interested. I have always been of the belief that food is a right, not a privilege; and when I saw that Lovin’ Spoonfuls was of the same ethos, I knew I would fit right in. I applied, interviewed, trained, and here I am now; as excited as ever to be involved in such a great cause.

Describe a typical work day. How does your job differ from the average truck driver?
Each day consists of first collecting all of the product from the vendors, then distributing it to the beneficiaries. There are currently three of us driving now, so we’ve divided the stops up geographically (which makes sense, of course). We each have between about six to twelve total stops throughout the day, split between the vendors and the beneficiaries. So, basically, I drive around Eastern Massachusetts picking up nutritious food, and giving it to people who can see that it doesn’t go to waste. I’m not really sure what the term “average truck driver” means. I’ve never been any other kind of truck driver, so I can’t really say for sure how my job differs from anyone else’s. I can say that my work is very spiritually rewarding, and that is something I hope I never take for granted.

What’s the strangest/most exotic food item you’ve picked up from a vendor?
The first time I saw daikon radishes, I thought they were giant carrots that Bunnicula had gotten a hold of. I was happy to learn I was mistaken.

What are some of your favorite tunes/radio stations that you listen to on the road?
My truck, Big Bertha, has a CD player in it, so I get to burn myself new CDs every week to jam on the road. Frank Zappa is a staple of every week. I’ve been on a Marilyn Manson / Nine Inch Nails kick as of late as well. The new Justin Timberlake double album has also been heard coming from my truck lately. Music is the best.

Do your friends and family consider you a good cook? Any signature recipes?
Uh, no and no, unfortunately. So sad.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Well, my better half has been out of town for 10 days, so I’m going to politely decline to answer that question.

What’s your favorite childhood food memory?
As far back as I can remember, my mom always made the most amazing spaghetti, with chicken and, what I now know to be a massive amount of garlic. I grew up thinking that was how all spaghetti tasted. I was so disappointed the first time I had spaghetti and it didn’t make my breath smell like garlic bread.

Has this job made you more aware of your own consumption habits? Have you made any significant changes as a result?
Absolutely. I don’t think I really wasted a lot of food before, but I definitely do everything I can now to make sure that the food we buy gets eaten.

What’s your favorite place/restaurant/neighborhood in Boston?
I’m a JP guy, all the way. Where else in Boston can you get the kind of diversity, cultural and terrestrial, that you can in Jamaica Plain? Jamaica Pond, The Arboretum, Franklin Park, Forest Hills Cemetery, JP Center, Hyde Square, Egleston Square… I love it all. It makes me feel at home.

What is your motto?
Do the next right thing.

Who are your heroes?
William Griffith Wilson, Robert Holbrook Smith

Robert Burton

How did you arrive at Lovin’ Spoonfuls?
Most of my career has been spent working with warehousing and freight companies. My mom, who volunteers at a food pantry, had asked me to help her one day with the pantry. I thoroughly enjoyed it and met a lot of nice people who had many stories to tell about where the food comes from and to whom it gets distributed. I became very interested in this kind of work so I started researching. I received information about Lovin’ Spoonfuls and what their organization did. I called and it was my lucky day; they invited me in for an interview. Greatest day of my life when I was offered a position to join the team!

Describe a typical work day. How does your job differ from the average truck driver?
A typical work day is anything but typical. Every day is different. You start your day getting into a vehicle that is clean and well equipped to do the job that is expected of you. It’s ‘people helping people’, as you collect and distribute, you meet and get to be on a first name basis with everyone. You enjoy talking about what you do, and why.

What’s the strangest/most exotic food item you’ve picked up from a vendor?
There are a lot of strange & exotic foods that I have never seen or even heard of before! I’m always asking people in the supermarkets what a product is, and I’ve learned a lot about different foods. Strangest item was a fruit called papaya.

What are some of your favorite tunes/radio stations that you listen to on the road?
I listen to the radio – mostly sports radio and country music.

Do your friends and family consider you a good cook? Any signature recipes?
The only cooking that I do is on the backyard grill. I do this year-round and love it.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
The refrigerator is full of variety of beverages (juice, milk, cream, eggnog), lots of fruit (apples, oranges, pears), breads (bagels, sliced bread), plenty of condiments (mustard, relish, ketchup), homemade tuna salad, and lots of leftovers (6 family members!).

What’s your favorite childhood food memory?
Raisin French toast with bananas & Vermont maple syrup

Has this job made you more aware of your own consumption habits? Have you made any significant changes as a result?
Yes, I’ve become more aware of healthier eating habits based on all the new foods which I was unaware of or unsure of how they tasted. Slow changes being made, slow!

What’s your favorite place/restaurant/neighborhood in Boston?
My favorite place in the Boston area is Boston Common. There are so many different activities going on there every day; whether it’s eating a hot dog from a cart, or a musician playing his guitar, or skating on the Frog Pond, or feeding pigeons. Any day you visit Boston Common, there will always be something you did not see the day before!

What is your motto?
No person should ever go hungry with all the food available to us.

Who are your heroes?
My family members. They are always there for me, without question.

third annual ultimate tailgate party

On Sunday, November 10th, Lovin’ Spoonfuls held the 3rd Annual Ultimate Tailgate Party on the waterfront at Sam’s. The evening kicked off with champagne and delicious pulled pork and fried oyster steamed buns from L’Espalier’s Frank McClelland. Guests were then treated to cocktails shaken by local mixologists Jon Parsons and Josh Childs and enjoyed tasty bites from our incredible lineup of chefs, including falafel from Colin Lynch of Menton and No. 9 Park, seafood ceviche from Jeremy Sewall of Lineage, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and the forthcoming Row 34, cassoulet from Toro and Coppa’s Jamie Bissonnette, pizza straight from Posto’s mobile pizza oven, and much more!

We welcomed Mayor Menino as our guest of honor, thanking him for his commitment to both the organization and to healthy food initiatives throughout the city. We even sent the mayor home with his very own oversized spoon! Other highlights from the evening included 11 year New England Patriot Matt Light posing for pictures with guests and showcasing his new business venture, KEEL Vodka,  emcee Charlie Rose entertaining the crowd, as well as the return of everyone’s favorite football-themed photo booth, courtesy of Mike Young at StopDownFire Photography.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our food rescue program and a special thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s event – all participating chefs, mixologists, the team at Sam’s, Peterson Party Center, Proforma Printing, KEEL Vodka, Peak Organic, and MS Walker.


Photos courtesy of Little Monkeys Photo Co.


100 Cars for Good Winner

Lovin’ Spoonfuls has been named a winner in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which awards new vehicles to 100 non-profit organizations based on votes from the public. Lovin’ Spoonfuls has received the most votes and has been named as a winner of a new Toyota Tundra, which will be converted to a refrigerated box truck to expand our food rescue program throughout Greater Boston. Thank you to everyone who voted, we look forward to sharing photos of the truck when it arrives!



100 Cars for Good

Lovin’ Spoonfuls has been selected as a finalist in Toyota’s 2013 100 Cars for Good Program and we need your support!

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will award 100 vehicles over the course of the next 50 days to 100 non-profit organizations based on votes from the public. If Lovin’ Spoonfuls receives enough votes to win, we will be awarded a brand-new Toyota Tundra, which we will convert to a refrigerated box truck to expand our reach throughout the Greater Boston area.

Please support our food rescue program on October 24th – click on the “go vote” button in the image below to vote for us!



BNY Mellon Grant Announcement

BOSTON – (Sept. 23, 2013) Food rescue Lovin’ Spoonfuls has received a $35,000 grant from the BNY Mellon Charitable Giving Program through the Arthur F. Blanchard Trust to help launch a nutrition education program for the nonprofit organization’s partners.

The year-long pilot program aims to connect the farmers, chefs and food industry professionals that partner with Lovin’ Spoonfuls to the staff and clients at the soup kitchens and food pantries that receive rescued food. Activities will include food preparation workshops with local chefs, nutrition seminars featuring farmers and grocers, and recipe cards for food pantry clients.

“This program will extend Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ existing food rescue efforts and allow us to engage our partners in a more meaningful way,” said Ashley Stanley, Founder and Executive Director of Lovin’ Spoonfuls. “Our goal is to foster an open dialogue about food, nutrition and health. We want to create a deeper connection between the food industry, our nonprofit partner organizations and the individuals and families who consume the fresh food that we rescue every day.”

Since 2010, Lovin’ Spoonfuls has rescued and distributed more than 750,000 pounds of fresh food to various organizations in the area and has fed tens of thousands of area residents. Through programs funded by the BNY Mellon grant, soup kitchen teams at partner organizations will be able to try out new recipes and cooking techniques, while food pantry staff will receive informational cards about donations of lesser-known types of produce, such as kohlrabi, kale and fiddleheads.

The new program also will provide seminars featuring guest speakers from Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ farm and grocery store partners to increase food literacy and inspire healthier meals. Lovin’ Spoonfuls also will create cards with recipe ideas, food storage tips and nutritional information that food pantry staff can distribute to clients.

“Even though the food insecurity rate in Massachusetts is slightly lower than the national average, 20 percent of people in Boston are food insecure and only approximately 27 percent of adults state-wide get the daily amounts of fruits and vegetables recommended by the USDA,” said Joanne Jaxtimer, BNY Mellon Regional Executive. “The services and training provided by Lovin’ Spoonfuls help fill that gap. Our grant will enable them to provide nutritious meals to even more Boston families and support their efforts to reduce the Commonwealth’s food waste footprint.”


About BNY Mellon
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Powering Potential, the company’s philanthropic focus, makes local communities better places to live and work by targeting organizations focused on workforce development or basic needs. Learn more about Powering Potential or the company’s world-wide commitment to social responsibility at

The BNY Mellon Charitable Giving Program awards grants through a competitive application and review process and is funded through the generosity of BNY Mellon and the Arthur F. Blanchard Trust, along with seven other charitable trusts. As trustee of these trusts, BNY Mellon acts as a fiduciary and makes discretionary distributions to charities.

third annual ultimate tailgate

The Tailgate is back! We are thrilled to announce the return of Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Ultimate Tailgate Party, which will take place on Sunday, November 10th, 2013 on the lawn at Sam’s, overlooking the scenic Boston waterfront. This year’s Tailgate will be bigger and better than ever, featuring 17 of Boston’s MVP chefs, signature cocktails,  a silent auction featuring exclusive experiences, entertainment, and much more. We are excited to welcome Mayor Thomas M. Menino as our guest of honor, to thank him for his relentless commitment to the city of Boston and his support of our organization.

In just 3 ½ years we have rescued over 750,000lbs of fresh, healthy food that would otherwise be thrown away and distributed the food to local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other crisis centers throughout the Greater Boston area. With your continued support we can continue to grow and expand our services throughout Massachusetts.

Tickets and more information is available here – we hope to see you there!



“food wastage footprint: impacts on natural resources”

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently released a report analyzing the global impact of food waste on natural resources. The report provides an in-depth account of the environmental footprint of food waste – check out the full report  here for more details.

“a bold food rescue plan”

Our founder, Ashley Stanley, weighs in on the Patrick administration’s statewide plan for reducing food waste in a recent op-ed piece for the Boston Globe. Check out the full article here.

partner meet + greet

Thank you to all of our friends and partners who came out to our partner meet and greet event on Monday! The patio at Dante in Cambridge – combined with a spectacular summer evening – provided a beautiful setting for our inaugural partner event. Inspired by Lovin’ Spoonfuls Haul Manager, Meg Kiley, the event aimed to facilitate connections between partners that donate food to Lovin’ Spoonfuls and the non-profit beneficiary organization partners that receive food deliveries from our team. Close to a dozen partner organizations were represented at Monday’s event. Thanks to Chef Dante and his team for the delicious bites and thanks to Upper Fall Liquors and High and Mighty Brewery for the tasty refreshments! We look forward to hosting more partner meet and greet events in the future!


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