In the Driver's Seat: Mike Prince

February 9, 2022 Updated: January 23, 2024

Get to know Mike Prince in this Q&A. Mike is among Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Food Rescue Coordinators (FRCs) working in our Greater Boston region.

How long have you been in your current role? 

I have been an FRC with Lovin’ Spoonfuls for three amazing years, and I’m proud to be a part of such a great team.

What’s the most gratifying part of your job? 

The most gratifying part of being an FRC is helping people access delicious, healthy food to feed themselves and their family. To see the impact my job has on strengthening communities with food is special. The beneficiaries that I work with are always smiling when I arrive at drop-off with Dolly [the name of the truck pictured here, that Mike drives].

What’s a myth about food rescue (or rescued food) that you’d like to bust?

One myth I’d like to bust is that Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a food bank. We do not have a warehouse that we bring and store food in until we find a place for it to go. We distribute what we rescue daily. I’ve had several occasions where people were surprised when I told them that we empty the trucks every day. 

What’s a strategy you use to stay safe (or patient) behind the wheel?

Driving in the city can be dangerous and obstacles can be unexpected. I make sure to read the road at all times. When stuck in traffic, I listen to music or sing to pass time. 

Tell us about one partner – vendor or nonprofit – that inspires you. How come? 

One of my most inspirational beneficiaries is Selah Day Resource Center, which I visit three times a week, in Chelsea. They have a large capacity, feed a lot of people, and are able to put a lot of different products to good use. Seeing clients in and out of the doors while I’m there delivering puts a smile on my face.

If you weren’t a Food Rescue Coordinator, what would you be doing instead?  

If I wasn’t an FRC, I could easily see myself being a chef. A love for food has always been a part of me, and I cook regularly. I often get inspiration to cook from the fresh produce I see rescued on a daily basis.

Tell us one little-known fact about you. 

One fact about me is I am a very good video gamer and would love to design a video game one day.

Learn more about Mike Prince and the other members of Team Lovin’ on our staff page.

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