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Ashley Stanley founded Lovin’ Spoonfuls in 2012, based on her realization that the “There is Not Enough” model of food drives was inherently flawed. While eating in a restaurant with her mother in 2010, Ashley suddenly became aware of just how much leftover food was going to waste. A little research that included both Googling and knocking on the back door of Trader Joe’s to see what was being thrown away revealed that an unbelievable amount of usable food was being discarded.

Her dream of being a professional athlete might have ended with blowing out both of her knees, but it placed her on the path that led to her present work. In the past 3 years she has brought the city of Boston together to fight hunger and food insecurity with fresh, healthy food and been honored by the Boston Business Journal and Oxfam International for her efforts.


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Ashley Stanley

Ashley Stanley

Ashley Stanley is a born and bred Bostonian. A former athlete, she later followed in her legendary grandfather’s footsteps and went on to work in luxury retail, holding positions across the board. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ashley found her true passion while dining out at a Greater Boston area restaurant. Astounded by the amount of leftover food at the table, she started to wonder how much food was going uneaten. At that moment the idea for Lovin’ Spoonfuls was born. Since founding Lovin’, Ashley & the team have distributed over 150,000 lbs of fresh, healthy food to those in need, and she has created unparalleled awareness for food rescue through community events, awareness, and dedication to her mission of eradicating

hunger in Massachusetts. In 2011 the Boston Business Journal named founderStanley an “Emerging Leader,” and in 2012 Lovin’ Spoonfuls was named a finalist in the 2012 MassChallenge, the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs. Stanley has also been honored by Oxfam International for her commitment to social justice through hunger relief, and most recently was named one of Oxfam International’s Sister on the Planet Ambassadors which gives Ashley a highly visible platform to advocate for global food justice.