Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Metrowest route turns five this year. The route, serving communities west of Boston, originally rescued just over 5,000 lbs. per week and served 19 non-profits in the area. Today, it averages double the food and serves 21 partners: from pantries to meal programs to shelters and more that feed people facing food insecurity.
Meet the Lovin’ Spoonfuls Food Rescue Coordinators who make it happen: Anthony Summa and Christy Wright.
From Framingham to Natick to Sudbury and beyond, they drive “Reba” the truck, picking up from food retailers and delivering to non-profits in those same communities.
Says Operations Director, Sean Ahern, Anthony and Christy, like so many in the Spoonfuls’ community, have food in common. “They are both really energized by all aspects of food and the community/culture surrounding it. Outside of Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Christy hosts a food podcast. Anthony has talked about writing his own cookbook, and has done some impressive cooking feats, like roasting a whole pig!”
Here are three more things you should know about each Anthony and Christy.
1) He was the first Food Rescue Coordinator hired for a satellite route. Since Anthony’s route launched in MetroWest, Spoonfuls has expanded to serve communities in other parts of Massachusetts, too.
2) Anthony loves creating new meals from leftovers. His latest: turning chicken soup into pot pie!
3) One of Anthony’s life goals is to take his son, Luca, to see every national park. “Currently at zero out of 63,” he adds. We’re rooting for you, Anthony!
1) She’s the first and only Food Rescue Coordinator so far in our 11-year-history who’s also clergy.
2) Christy’s cookbook collection is vast and continually growing. She’s a big fan of cooking with, and eating, seasonal produce.
3) In high school, Christy was the captain of her school’s Ocean Bowl Team, a regional marine science trivia competition. “We made second place that year,” she says. High five, Christy!