Delivering Food with Purpose

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We recovered and distributed 4.7 million pounds of fresh food last year – the most ever in our history.

Learn about the impact wasted food has on people and the planet. Plus, take our Pledge to Waste Less!

Our Why

Through food recovery and distribution, education, and advocacy, Spoonfuls (formerly Lovin’ Spoonfuls) works to address the health, environmental, and economic impact that wasted food has on people and the planet.

what we do

Preventing Good Food From Going to Waste Through Food Recovery

By intercepting perfectly good, unsold food and getting it from where it is to community programs feeding people facing food insecurity, we’re able to reach over 55,000 people each week with fresh, wholesome food.

Keeping food out of landfills is an important way we reduce our carbon footprint and mitigate the effects of climate change. Each week, Spoonfuls’ team keeps over 90,000 pounds of food from landfills.

Wasted food wastes resources, too – not to mention all the time and money it takes to get food from farm to fork. We work to ensure food meets its ultimate purpose: to feed people! The food we recover equates to roughly $169,000 worth per week.



pounds of food

recovered each week


people served weekly

through Spoonfuls’ deliveries


of food recovered falls into three categories:

produce, meat, and dairy


raised enables our team to recover a pound of food

with a focus on fresh, nonperishable items

A man lifting a box of food donated to Boston area food recovery organization Lovin Spoonfuls.
A bunch of boxes of fruit and vegetables donated to Boston area food recovery charity Lovin Spoonfuls.

How We Do It

We work with hundreds of businesses to get good food from where it is to those who need it now. We partner primarily with food retailers and brands like grocery stores, wholesalers, farms, and farmers’ markets that donate their unsold-but-still-good food. We pick up food five days per week and deliver it directly, same day, to community organizations like local pantries, meal programs, shelters, senior centers, after school programs, and more that serve neighbors facing food insecurity.


  • Spoonfuls employs a professionally-trained, ServSafe-certified Food Recovery Team that works to ensure partners receive the most reliable and useful deliveries.
  • We have a fleet of temperature-controlled, GPS-monitored vehicles that keep food, our drivers, and community members safe.
  • Spoonfuls’ focus is on fresh, perishable food (like fruits and veggies). These are foods that are typically among the most expensive and most out-of-reach for neighbors facing food insecurity. They’re also among the most sought-after. 
A bunch of boxes of fruit and vegetables donated to Boston area food recovery charity Lovin Spoonfuls.

Diving into the issues

Education and Advocacy

As we’re working to meet a need for food for people who could use it now, we’re also committed to raising awareness about the issues at the heart of our work.

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