Impact on People

38% of food in the U.S. goes unsold or uneaten every year, meanwhile, 1 in 6 households in Massachusetts is facing food insecurity. We believe there’s a better place for good food than a landfill.

By the numbers, each week

Broccoli slaw on a dish

We provide the equivalent of more than 65,000 meals’ worth of food.

Lovin' Spoonfuls Food Rescue Coordinator hands another person a box of food

The food we distribute feeds more than 55,000 people across Greater Boston, MetroWest, Worcester County, and Hampden County.

Box of produce including zucchini, peaches, peppers, and tomatoes.

On average, over 65% of the food we distribute is fresh, nutrient-dense produce, meat, and dairy.

Not just any food

Perishable food is the most often wasted and, owing to its usually high price tag, often overlooked by people struggling to afford food. But that’s not all. People facing food insecurity are also at a greater risk for obesity and diet-related diseases like Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, which lead to increased medical bills that can make it even more difficult for someone to afford food.

That’s why, at Lovin’ Spoonfuls, our focus is on fresh, healthy food. Our Food Rescue Coordinators strive to source not just any food, but food that helps meet the nutritional needs of people facing food insecurity. They work with our nonprofit partners to provide the food that best matches the needs and preferences of their clients and guests. 

“Lovin’ Spoonfuls makes a difference here at our food pantry as we help those we serve with nutritious food for their families, aiding in health outcomes and lowering hunger levels. We also know we can ask for specific items and the Food Rescue Coordinators will do their best to fill our requests.” – Christian Espana, A Place to Turn

Learn more about our environmental and economic impacts. If you want to support Spoonfuls, check out our ways to give.