December 12, 2018
 
Lovin’ Spoonfuls Gets $275K for MetroWest Pantries, Shelters

October 15, 2015 — Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a Boston nonprofit that facilitates the rescue and distribution to local meal programs and social service agencies of healthy, fresh food that otherwise would be discarded, announced that it recently received a $275,000 grant from a coalition of four funders.

The three-year grant, provided by the MetroWest Health Foundation, the Sudbury Foundation, Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation, and the Foundation for MetroWest, will enable Lovin’ Spoonfuls to bring its proven food rescue model to food pantries and shelters in the MetroWest region.

MetroWest is loosely bounded by Routes 128 on the east, Route 495 on the west, Route 2 on the north, and Route 109 on the south.

“Each of the funders participating in this project has a long history of providing support for hunger programs in the region. This grant will further those efforts by working to make fresh fruits, vegetables, and other products available in a more organized and responsive way,” said Martin Cohen, president of Framingham-based MetroWest Health Foundation.

According to Lovin’ Spoonfuls, hunger exists suburban communities otherwise “known for great affluence and beauty...Together, we are working towards a future where neighbors in need have safe, supportive, and well-stocked places to go when consistently putting healthy food on the table becomes challenging.”

Joanne Barry, executive director of A Place to Turn in Natick, said, "A Place to Turn is thrilled to hear that local foundations will be funding Lovin' Spoonfuls in our area as they have a proven record of encouraging businesses and other food establishments to donate food that is currently going to waste.

“This new collaboration will absolutely result in more food delivered to organizations like ours that can then distribute it immediately to people in need in our community.”

Of the 700,000 food insecure residents in Massachusetts, 20,000 are MetroWest children who rely on free or reduced school lunches, according to Lovin’ Spoonfuls, noting that at the same time food exists in abundance.

Since 2010, Lovin’ Spoonfuls has rescued and distributed more than 3,000,000 pounds of fresh food in the Boston area, feeding more than 500,000 people.

Food rescue involves taking food that is not sellable but is still usable and delivering it to those who need it and can put it to good use. The food distributed by the organization is not spoiled, rotten, or out of code, and while it may not look perfect it is still nutritious.

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