Lovin Spoonfuls Inc.

Bridging the gap between abundance and need

Newton, MA   |  www.lovinspoonfulsinc.org

Mission

Lovin' Spoonfuls is an organization that facilitates the recovery and distribution of healthy, perishable food that would otherwise be discarded. Lovin' Spoonfuls works efficiently to 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. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Lovin' Spoonfuls is a 501c3, non-profit organization.

Ruling year info

2010

Founder & Executive Director

Ms. Ashley Stanley

Main address

189 Wells Avenue Suite 100

Newton, MA 02459 USA

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EIN

27-1810597

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Rescue

Lovin' Spoonfuls collects fresh, perishable food from over 75 food source vendors and distributes it same-day to over 184 nonprofit agencies that feed food insecure people across Greater Boston, the MetroWest, and Western Massachusetts. We work with large-scale grocery chains, produce wholesalers and local farms, and direct that food to homeless shelters, crisis centers, after-school programs, elderly service agencies and others. Through Lovin' Spoonfuls' straightforward and effective model, food vendors are able to reduce their waste disposal costs and environmental footprint while contributing a tax-deductible food donation to their community. We rescue over 80,000 pounds of food each week, reaching more than 30,000 people experiencing food insecurity.

Our focus is on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and dairy, allowing our partner organizations to consistently serve their clients healthy and wholesome meals without increasing their own operating costs. Since 2010, we've rescued and distributed over 20 million pounds of fresh, healthy food!

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Through Plenty, our culinary & nutritional education program, Lovin’ Spoonfuls provides our beneficiaries and those they serve with the education, tools and know-how they need to store, prepare and further-utilize the food that we deliver to them. The primary goals include fresh, resourceful preparation and the simultaneous efficiency and minimization of kitchen waste and excess.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total pounds of food rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Food Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of food donation partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Food Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Plenty

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Lovin' Spoonfuls is dedicated to minimizing the environmental impact of food waste by rescuing healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. Lovin' Spoonfuls delivers this food to agencies which serve more than 38,000 people experiencing food insecurity across Massachusetts each week, providing them with reliable access to nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted. They focus on rescuing fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, dairy and whole grains -- nutritious foods which are often inaccessible to those struggling to find their next meal. Lovin' Spoonfuls strives to alleviate food insecurity and hunger in communities across Boston and beyond, directly connecting abundance with need.

Through building a network of more than 235 community partners, Lovin' Spoonfuls is able to rescue and distribute an average of 75,000 pounds of food each week. They solidify community resources by connecting grocery stores, produce wholesalers, farms and farmers markets to local meal programs and social service entities serving those in need. Lovin' Spoonfuls utilizes a direct distribution system in which their refrigerated trucks pick up fresh, healthy, perishables foods from donors and deliver it directly to meal centers within the same day.

Lovin' Spoonfuls' simple but effective model allows their food donors to support their community, reduce their waste disposal costs and environmental emissions footprint while qualifying for a tax-deduction for their donated food.

Spoonfuls' focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains helps their beneficiaries to consistently provide their at-risk clients with healthy and wholesome meals while providing relief to their operating budgets.

In 2021, the Lovin' Spoonfuls team rescued and distributed more than 4.1 million pounds of fresh food across Massachusetts, providing over 3.3 million meals to those we serve.

Handling perishable and prepared foods requires attention to detail and compliance with the regulations set by the state of Massachusetts. All Lovin' Spoonfuls employees are ServSafe certified and trained in proper and responsible food handling.

Lovin' Spoonfuls' fleet of 8 refrigerated trucks allow the agency to run targeted routes across Greater Boston, the MetroWest, and Western Massachusetts, doing a same-day rescue and distribution of the food they collect. Each truck rescues approximately 10,000 pounds of food each week, totaling approximately 500,000 pounds each year. Their team of food rescue coordinators work with partners on both the vendor and beneficiary sides of their operations to tailor the food they distribute to the needs of the agency, thereby minimizing additional waste.

Since it began in 2010, Lovin' Spoonfuls has rescued and distributed nearly 23.5 million pounds of food. The agency has reached more hundreds of thousands of people across 50 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Lovin' Spoonfuls hopes to serve the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the future by adding more trucks and more routes to its fleet, thereby meeting the food needs of people in every community by connecting them to the abundance which is already out there.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Lovin Spoonfuls Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Fall

BOX Options Market

Term: 2021 - 2023

Sandy Cades

Communities For People

Ashley Stanley

Lovin' Spoonfuls Inc

Andy Youniss

Rocket Software

Adam Amontea

Cafco Construction

Adam Kahn

Foley Hoag

Lisa Fall

BOX Options Market

Nancy Freed

Prince Lobel Tye

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/30/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.