Our Work

Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a nonprofit food rescue organization based in Boston dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. We pick up wholesome, perishable food from grocery stores, produce wholesalers, farms and farmers markets, and distribute it to 150 community nonprofits that feed hungry people across Greater Boston and MetroWest.

Lovin’ Spoonfuls connects abundance and excess food with the food insecure men, women, children and families who need it most. Our timely rescue of food that has been deemed no longer salable — slightly bruised produce, dairy nearing its sell-by date, or perfectly good food products that are determined to be excess — provides meals to more than 35,000 individuals each week.

Watch this video to learn more about our operations.


Filmed by Katy Jordan and Jon Mercer.

 

What We Do

Each weekday, our team of Food Rescue Coordinators pick up from more than 70 vendor partners in our fleet of refrigerated trucks and do a same-day distribution to nonprofit agencies across Eastern Massachusetts. We collect excess food from grocery stores, farms, farmers markets, and produce wholesalers, and make scheduled distributions to our nonprofit partners, which include homeless shelters, crisis centers, after-school programs, veterans service agencies and elderly service providers. Our focus is rescuing perishable, nutritious food — fruits and vegetables, dairy, lean proteins and whole grains — in order to help meet the nutritional needs of food insecure individuals in our communities.

Handling perishable and prepared foods requires attention to detail and compliance with the regulations set by the state of Massachusetts. Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Food Rescue Coordinators are ServSafe certified, trained in responsible and efficient food handling.

 

 

 

Our Mission:

Lovin’ Spoonfuls is dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. We work to efficiently deliver this food directly to the community organizations and resources where it can have the greatest impact. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is committed to addressing the health, environmental, and economic impact that food waste has on our community.

Lovin’ Spoonfuls is the first organization of its kind in Massachusetts and the largest food rescue agency in New England. Established in 2010, Lovin’ Spoonfuls serves nearly 40 cities and towns across Eastern Massachusetts and works with more than 200 partners. We are committed to increasing awareness on topics related to food waste and hunger, as well as equipping the community we serve with the knowledge that empowers them to feed themselves and their families.

 

Why We Do It

Over 96 billion pounds of food is wasted each year – roughly 40% of all the available food in the United States. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is committed to mitigating the environmental impact that food waste has on our planet while addressing food insecurity in our communities.

 

Combat Food Waste:

-In the United States, we produce 430 billion pounds of food, enough to feed far more than our population.

-Food waste in the US is estimated at over 70 billion pounds each year2, 95% of which goes directly into landfills3.

-One-quarter of our nation’s total freshwater, and more than 300 million barrels of oil every year5,  is used to produce food that is ultimately wasted4.

-$1,000,000,000 in tax dollars are spent annually to incinerate discarded food6, and the value of that food is over $165 billion7.

 

Alleviate hunger:

-One in five Bostonians is classified as food insecure.

-In 2013, nearly 700,000 people in Massachusetts struggled to put food on the table.

-Households with children experience higher rates of food insecurity. The rate of food insecurity within households with children under age 6 is 22%.

-20 percent of households with children in Massachusetts reported that they lacked enough money to consistently buy food in the past twelve months.

-1 out of 5 of all low-income Americans do not purchase any fresh fruits or vegetables

 

Change the conversation:

In addition to our direct distribution services, we work to foster increased awareness of the ongoing issues of food waste and food insecurity in our local communities by educating the public, engaging with our local and state leaders, and participating in discussions at the national level about food rescue.

“Organizations like Lovin’ Spoonfuls can actually solve the problem of food waste, which is a national tragedy.”
-Andrew Zimmern, host and co-creator of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, and author of The Bizarre Truth

 

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