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Help a MassChallenge startup: Lovin' Spoonfuls

Posted by Chad O'Connor  January 9, 2013 11:00 AM

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Another installment in our ongoing series to help innovative MassChallenge companies get the word out about what they offer and get connected with what they need to thrive.

How did Lovin’ Spoonfuls get started?
In early 2010, Lovin’ Spoonfuls founder Ashley Stanley recognized a need for food rescue in Boston. Stanley witnessed the amount of food that was being thrown away by local food service establishments and questioned why so much food was going to waste when the number of hungry and homeless individuals in Massachusetts continued to increase. After some initial research, Stanley was shocked by the statistics she found: 40% of all food produced in the US goes to waste every year, while 49 million Americans are classified as food insecure. Inspired to take action, Stanley initially used her own car to pick up unsold food and deliver it to local soup kitchens and shelters in need. She has since acquired two food delivery vehicles and the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team has distributed almost 200,000 pounds of fresh, healthy food to meal assistance programs across Greater Boston.

What does Lovin’ Spoonfuls do?
Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit food rescue organization. Headquartered in Boston, Lovin’ Spoonfuls picks up nutritious and wholesome food items from donors such as grocery stores, farmers markets, produce wholesalers and bakeries and then distributes those items to local shelters, soup kitchens and crisis centers. Lovin’ Spoonfuls addresses hunger relief in an innovative manner by making use of existing resources to meet social assistance agencies’ need for fresh food. With a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains, Lovin’ Spoonfuls is able to provide a consistent stream of healthy food items to local organizations such as Pine Street Inn, Boston Rescue Mission, Haley House, and many others. Access to nutritious food should be a right, not a privilege reserved for the wealthy, and Lovin’ Spoonfuls aims to ensure everyone has access to the types of food necessary to sustain a healthy life.

How can our readers be of help?
Here is what Lovin’ Spoonfuls is looking for from the Global Biz Hub community:

  • Funding: As a non-profit organization, Lovin’ Spoonfuls is constantly fundraising and soliciting donations to enable expansion and to ensure the continued financial stability of their operations.
  • Advisors: Lovin’ Spoonfuls is seeking strategic advisors to help guide the organization in this exciting time of growth.

For more information please visit the Lovin’ Spoonfuls site, email them, and make sure to follow them on Twitter.

[We thank our MassChallenge series video partner Vsnap. Due to format changes, previous videos are no longer accessible. Please visit Vsnap.com for a great video communication tool.]

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