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Lovin Spoonfuls Inc.

 418 Commonwealth Avenue
 Boston, MA 02215
[P] (617) 390-4450
[F] (617) 267-8552
www.lovinspoonfulsinc.org
[email protected]
Ashley Stanley
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INCORPORATED: 2010
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 27-1810597

LAST UPDATED: 04/27/2016
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Lovin’ Spoonfuls is an organization that facilitates the recovery and distribution of healthy, perishable food that would otherwise be discarded. Lovin’ Spoonfuls works efficiently to deliver this food directly to the community organizations and resources where it can have the greatest impact. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is committed to addressing the health, environmental and economic impact that food waste has on our community. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a 501c3, non-profit organization.

Mission Statement

Lovin’ Spoonfuls is an organization that facilitates the recovery and distribution of healthy, perishable food that would otherwise be discarded. Lovin’ Spoonfuls works efficiently to deliver this food directly to the community organizations and resources where it can have the greatest impact. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is committed to addressing the health, environmental and economic impact that food waste has on our community. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a 501c3, non-profit organization.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $665,000.00
Projected Expense $665,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Food Rescue

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

Lovin’ Spoonfuls is an organization that facilitates the recovery and distribution of healthy, perishable food that would otherwise be discarded. Lovin’ Spoonfuls works efficiently to deliver this food directly to the community organizations and resources where it can have the greatest impact. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is committed to addressing the health, environmental and economic impact that food waste has on our community. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a 501c3, non-profit organization.


Background Statement

Founded in 2010, Lovin’ Spoonfuls is modeled off of successful food rescue organizations in other cities such as City Harvest in New York City, and has proven to be a vital component of the hunger relief equation in Boston.

Lovin’ Spoonfuls rescues wholesome, fresh food that would otherwise be thrown away from grocery chains, produce wholesalers, farms and farmers markets, then distributes it to community non-profits that feed the hungry. We work under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996, a federal law that protects food donors from liability.

On October 1, 2014, the state of Massachusetts implemented statewide regulations banning the disposal of commercial food waste. Any commercial entity that disposes of at least one ton of organic material per week is required to donate or re-purpose useable food and ship any remaining food waste to an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility. We have noticed the effects of the ban, as more businesses and large institutions are seeking out our services. 



Impact Statement

2015 has been a year of tremendous growth and accomplishment for Lovin' Spoonfuls. We now work with over one-hundred fifty partners and have expanded our reach to the MetroWest. Our food rescue drivers and refrigerated delivery vehicles rescue and distribute roughly 30,000 pounds of healthy, fresh food each week to over one-hundred non-profit community organizations throughout Greater Boston serving over 15,000 people a week.
 
In 2016, we aim to continue to expand our team and operations to impact areas most in need of our services. We aim to add delivery vehicles to our fleet, allowing us to further increase our capacity and meet the growing demand for our services on both the food source side and the non-profit delivery end.

Needs Statement

While the problem of hunger is complex and will not be solved by any one person or entity, food rescue is a straightforward and immediate solution. Lovin' Spoonfuls is seeking grants and contributions to help achieve our goals for program development and expansion. A lean business plan and relatively low operating costs provide a solid foundation for our scalable model, and we hope to expand operations to eventually reach the four corners of Massachusetts. More trucks and drivers on the road mean we can recover more food and serve more people. 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
METROWEST REGION, MA
Lovin' Spoonfuls serves greater Boston and the MetroWest Massachusetts, including Allston, Ashland, Arlington, Bedford, Bellingham, Boston, Brighton, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Canton, Charlestown, Chestnut Hill, Danvers, Dedham, Dorchester, Everett, Framingham, Gloucester, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Lynnfield, Mattapan, Malden, Marlborough, Mattapan, Medway, Melrose, Milford, Natick, Needham, Newton, Northborough, Norwood, Quincy, Roxbury, Somerville, South Boston, Southborough, Sudbury, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston, Westwood, Woburn, and Quincy.

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food, Agriculture & Nutrition NEC
  2. Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
  3. Environment -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Food Rescue

Lovin’ Spoonfuls routinely collects fresh, perishable food from over sixty food sources such as Whole Foods Markets, Trader Joe’s, and Stop & Shop Supermarkets, as well as multiple local farms, produce wholesalers, and colleges. This food goes directly to over 100 local food assistance entities including Pine Street Inn, Boston Rescue Mission, Haley House, Elizabeth Peabody House and Bridge Over Troubled Waters, among others. Through Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ straightforward and effective model, food sources are able to reduce their waste disposal costs and emissions footprint while contributing a tax-deductible food donation to their community. Our focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains allows our partner organizations to consistently serve their clients healthy and wholesome meals without increasing their own operating costs.
Budget  $1,200,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success  Lovin’ Spoonfuls helps social assistance agencies offer healthier food to their clients and helps balance their budget since they do not have to purchase that food from other sources. Additionally, the populations served by the agencies we deliver to often have little choice of what types of food they eat. They are subject to whatever is served at the organization at which they receive their meals. By ensuring these agencies have healthy food available, we are helping to expand the range of food options for these individuals.
Program Long-Term Success 
While 49 million Americans struggle daily with food insecurity, forty percent of all food produced in the U.S. goes to waste each year. Food is wasted at every level from the field to the retail shelf. American taxpayers spend $1 billion annually to incinerate discarded food, resulting in almost 4% of total U.S. oil consumption. This exists alongside the fact that one in five people in Boston are food insecure, meaning they do not always know where they will find their next meal.
 
While the multifaceted problems of food waste and food insecurity co-exist globally, our work aims to provide a local solution that will create substantive changes to our food system and hunger relief efforts in Boston and beyond. Access to nutritious food should be a right, not a privilege. By bridging the gap between abundance and need, our work aims to ensure everyone in our community has access to the types of food necessary to sustain a healthy life.
  
Program Success Monitored By  Lovin' Spoonfuls utilizes a variety of metrics to monitor the success of our food rescue program. Three main performance indicators include the number of pounds of food rescued, the number of food establishments that donate food and the number of beneficiary organizations served. We weigh and record every food donation that we receive in order to track types and quantities of specific food items over the course of the year. In addition to these quantitative results, we also survey our partner organizations to receive client population data and qualitative feedback on our performance as an organization. 
Examples of Program Success 

 Since 2010, Lovin’ Spoonfuls rescued and distributed more than 3,824,000 pounds of healthy fresh food to over 100 non-profit partner organizations that collectively serve more than 15,000 food-insecure individuals and families each week. Lovin’ Spoonfuls has expanded to ten full-time staff and six refrigerated vehicles, developed solid relationships with state officials and built a strong leadership board. We have been fortunate to develop a committed culinary panel filled with industry experts, celebrity chefs, and influential advocates for food justice. In addition, we are proud that we have built solid and effective relationships with twenty-four government officials including both State and U.S. Senators and Representatives.

 
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Ashley Stanley
CEO Term Start Jan 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Angela Haynes Director of Development --
Ms. Lauren Palumbo Operations Director --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 80
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Sandy Cades
Board Chair Company Affiliation Communities For People, Inc.
Board Chair Term Jan 2015 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Christopher Brennan Northwestern Mutual Voting
Mr. Sandy Cades Communities For People Voting
Ms. Karen Nevins Nixon Peabody LLP Voting
Ms. Dorothy Puhy Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Voting
Ms. Ashley Stanley Lovin' Spoonfuls Inc Exofficio
Mr. Andy Youniss Rocket Software Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 50
Male: 50
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 60%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $1,291,588 $927,159 $674,492
Total Expenses $1,305,415 $830,568 $551,270

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $438,874 $504,218 $307,663
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $141,262 $55,062 $73,642
Revenue In-Kind $711,022 $367,254 $293,123
Other $430 $625 $64

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,074,524 $657,790 $451,105
Administration Expense $103,235 $74,360 $60,066
Fundraising Expense $127,656 $98,418 $40,099
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.99 1.12 1.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses 82% 79% 82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 22% 18% 11%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $458,881 $526,168 $358,247
Current Assets $364,785 $453,786 $310,615
Long-Term Liabilities $20,036 $29,390 $38,062
Current Liabilities $63,860 $107,966 $27,964
Total Net Assets $374,985 $388,812 $292,221

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 5.71 4.20 11.11

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 4% 6% 11%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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