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Lovin Spoonfuls Inc.

Bridging the gap between abundance and need

Newton, MA   |  www.lovinspoonfulsinc.org
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Lovin Spoonfuls Inc.

EIN: 27-1810597


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

Subject area info

Natural resources

Community food systems

Basic and emergency aid

Food aid

Population served info

Adults

Economically disadvantaged people

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nearly 40% of available food goes unsold or uneaten in the United States, while millions of people - including here in Massachusetts - are facing food insecurity. Food recovery is a tool we have to prevent good food from going to waste and feed people.

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

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 human and environmental impact of wasted food by recovering still-good, perishable food (like fruits and vegetables, dairy, and meat) that would otherwise be discarded from retailers such as grocery stores, wholesalers, and farms. Utilizing a fleet of temperature controlled vehicles, our team of professionally trained and ServSafe-certified Food Recovery Coordinators distributes rescued food to hundreds of community organizations serving over 55,000 neighbors experiencing food insecurity across Massachusetts each week. Our focus is on sourcing fresh, healthy food, which is often among the most expensive, and therefore the hardest to come by, for neighbors in need. Through our work, we strive to both tackle food insecurity and the climate emergency.

Lovin' Spoonfuls' simple but effective delivery model ensures fresh, healthy food reaches those who need it while it's still good to eat. By partnering with food retailers and community organizations, our team of professionally-trained and ServSafe-certified Food Recovery Coordinators pick up excess, unsold food and - utilizing a fleet of temperature-controlled vehicles - deliver it, same day, to programs serving people facing food insecurity.

For food retailers, partnering with Spoonfuls is a way to support their community and reduce their waste disposal costs and environmental emissions footprint while qualifying for a tax deduction for their donation.

For community organizations, which receive Spoonfuls' deliveries at no cost, a partnership with Spoonfuls provides a reliable and consistent source of fresh food for end-recipients. They're able to save on food for their programs and dedicate limited program dollars to other needed expenses instead.

Our focus is on perishable items like fruits and veggies, dairy, and lean protein, which are some of the most frequently-wasted foods and foods that are, very often, the most expensive and out of reach for neighbors in need.

Since 2010, we've kept over 30 million pounds of food out of landfills. That's enough food for 24 million meals. We recovered over 4 million pounds last year alone.

Lovin' Spoonfuls' operates 10 routes across Greater Boston, MetroWest, Worcester County, and Hampden County. Our model has proven to be responsive and scalable, growing year over year to meet a heightened demand for fresh, healthy food.

We utilize professional staff (not volunteers) to carry out our food recovery operations. This is core to our service reliability and ensures we're able to consistently deliver for those partners and people who count on us.

Since our founding in 2010, Lovin' Spoonfuls has recovered and distributed over 30 million pounds of food. Over the years, we've expanded from a single route serving Greater Boston to 10 routes across Massachusetts, with a vision for strategic growth into additional communities that could benefit from Spoonfuls' deliveries.

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 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

  • 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

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.26

Average of 2.53 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.2

Average of 2.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

23%

Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Lovin Spoonfuls Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Lovin Spoonfuls Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $216,554 $130,733 $1,262,854 $619,521 $282,736
As % of expenses 3.4% 1.7% 14.4% 6.3% 2.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $116,958 $30,066 $1,156,686 $496,012 $135,947
As % of expenses 1.8% 0.4% 13.0% 5.0% 1.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $6,953,063 $7,815,305 $9,696,774 $11,326,279 $12,396,242
Total revenue, % change over prior year 22.4% 12.4% 24.1% 16.8% 9.4%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.2% 1.4%
All other grants and contributions 99.6% 99.6% 99.1% 97.5% 98.5%
Other revenue 0.4% 0.4% 0.9% 0.3% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $6,391,424 $7,608,572 $8,769,420 $9,812,733 $11,781,423
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.3% 19.0% 15.3% 11.9% 20.1%
Personnel 13.1% 14.8% 16.7% 19.0% 21.7%
Professional fees 1.2% 1.2% 1.0% 1.5% 3.0%
Occupancy 0.9% 1.0% 0.9% 0.8% 0.9%
Interest 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 84.6% 82.9% 81.3% 78.6% 74.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $6,491,020 $7,709,239 $8,875,588 $9,936,242 $11,928,212
One month of savings $532,619 $634,048 $730,785 $817,728 $981,785
Debt principal payment $52,838 $0 $0 $317,145 $144,032
Fixed asset additions $0 $188,503 $246,142 $0 $184,655
Total full costs (estimated) $7,076,477 $8,531,790 $9,852,515 $11,071,115 $13,238,684

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.0 0.6 2.0 2.1 2.2
Months of cash and investments 1.0 0.6 2.0 2.1 2.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.2 0.2 1.6 2.0 1.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $547,062 $401,513 $1,493,657 $1,734,375 $2,144,433
Investments $1,442 $1,948 $2,630 $12,529 $20,998
Receivables $452,165 $705,533 $204,245 $1,080,951 $1,186,771
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $472,991 $525,731 $580,882 $607,042 $791,698
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 67.8% 54.3% 34.6% 44.7% 52.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 45.3% 45.7% 25.1% 7.7% 21.8%
Unrestricted net assets $126,678 $156,744 $1,313,430 $1,809,442 $1,945,389
Temporarily restricted net assets $523,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $523,000 $599,000 $263,500 $1,157,525 $1,489,608
Total net assets $649,678 $755,744 $1,576,930 $2,966,967 $3,434,997

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Founder & Executive Director

Ms. Ashley Stanley

Ashley Stanley is a born and bred Bostonian. Since founding Lovin’ Spoonfuls in 2010, more than 22 million pounds of fresh, healthy food has been rescued and brought into the social service stream. She has created unparalleled awareness for food rescue, with dedication to addressing hunger relief, climate change, and health equity. In 2011, the Boston Business Journal named her an ‘Emerging Leader.’ In 2012, Lovin’ Spoonfuls was a two-time winner of the Mass Challenge competition. In 2013, Ashley was selected as one of the BBJ’s ’40 under 40’ and served as a fellow at The Nantucket Project. In 2014, Ashley was recognized by The Boston Globe as a ‘Game Changer’ and in Boston Magazine‘s ‘Power of Ideas.’ She is an Oxfam International Sisters of the Planet Ambassador, a member of TEDWomen, and a TEDx community speaker. She’s been featured on NPR and written for The Huffington Post.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Lovin Spoonfuls Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 08/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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 8/29/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
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

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/29/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.

Contractors

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