Our favorite food rescues of 2023 so far

June 28, 2023 Updated: January 25, 2024

Every week, our Food Recovery Team recovers 80,000 pounds of food – that’s 64,000 meals’ worth – for people facing food insecurity across Massachusetts. From fresh fruits and vegetables to dairy and specialty grocery items, we ensure all this good food isn’t wasted but, instead, gets to people and programs where it can be enjoyed.

Today, we’re giving you a peek at some of those items! Check out some of our team’s favorite food rescues of 2023 so far.

Ribs in Worcester County

“My favorite rescue so far this year were the two 30 lb racks of ribs Meghan, a fellow Food Rescue Coordinator, and I rescued and then distributed to Eliot Community Human Services. John, the chef there, made the most delicious-looking ribs and pork loin! The loin is pictured here.” – Fion Kubani, Food Rescue Coordinator

Carrots in MetroWest

“My favorite rescue so far this year were the 130 25-pound bags of carrots and 224 cases of peanut butter we delivered to Project Just Because. The timing was perfect as Project Just Because didn’t have any vegetables in the pantry then, so – after our drop-off – their clients could take home some fresh vegetables.” – Anthony Summa, Food Rescue Coordinator

Seafood in Greater Boston

“My favorite isn’t one single item, but all the seafood I’ve been rescuing from a Whole Foods location I visit. This seafood department recently began donating their excess food, and it’s been really exciting to be able to consistently provide high-quality, fresh fish to Spoonfuls’partners. They’re always asking about fish, so it’s satisfying to be able to check that box for them!” – Stephen Loverde, Food Rescue Coordinator

Specialty groceries in MetroWest

“This very good and very expensive hot sauce is my favorite rescue so far this year. Because Spoonfuls sources food by rescuing excess items from grocery stores, rather than purchasing it, we’re able to provide these sorts of specialty items to our nonprofit partners for free. They aren’t typically something you’d see at a food pantry or shelter, so it’s nice to make them more accessible.” – Andy Fehribach, Food Rescue Coordinator

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