Lens on Leadership: With Monee Vance

December 20, 2021 Updated: January 23, 2024

From our Board of Directors and Culinary Panel, to our Friends Advisory Board and Community Advisory Boards (CABs), we’re fortunate to count so many strong leaders among our lot! Every month, we introduce you to one of them.

This month, it’s Monee Vance: Member of Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Greater Boston Community Advisory Board and the Assistant Manager of Match Support at Big Sister.

How did you first get introduced to Lovin’ Spoonfuls?

My former employer, ABCD, to whom Spoonfuls’ delivered some of their rescued food.

What is it about Lovin’ Spoonfuls and/or the issue of wasted food that speaks to you personally or professionally?

It was not until I was introduced to Lovin’ Spoonfuls that I began to think about myself and my own waste. I also became an advocate for food access, justice, and freedom. 

As a CAB member, what made you want to join your community’s CAB?

I wanted to join the CAB community because I was coaxed by Lauren Palumbo. Kidding! I wanted to join because I knew it was important to have a group of individuals discussing issues around food access and its relation to food waste.

What are ways you work to waste less food, either at home or in the workplace?

I do my best by not buying things I will not eat. I also do my best to purchase items that have less packaging or packaging that is recyclable. At work, I do my best to convince my coworkers to do the same.

Spoonfuls’ launched regional Community Advisory Boards in 2021. Learn more about them.

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