On Wednesday, Nov. 18, the 10th annual Ultimate Tailgate Party to benefit Lovinâ€™ Spoonfuls (sponsored by Constant Contact, Titoâ€™s Handmade Vodka and Whole Foods Market) drew over 300 attendees to celebrate Spoonfulsâ€™ impact over the last year and to generate ongoing support for Spoonfulsâ€™ food rescue operations.
Lovinâ€™ Spoonfuls rescues and delivers roughly 85,000 pounds of food to those in need each week throughout Greater Boston, MetroWest and Hampden County (Springfield). With over $100,000 raised on Nov. 18, donations from the Virtual Tailgate along with contributions through Dec. 1 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $30,000, by Titoâ€™s Handmade Vodka and Constant Contact. For every $1 donated, Spoonfuls is able to rescue three pounds of food, enough to feed one person for a day.
â€œFor us, 2020 was supposed to be our 10-year anniversary and what a milestone that is. Tailgate is, and always has been, my favorite part of the year, since the beginning. And as we realized it would have to take a different shape this year, I was pretty disappointed,â€ said founder and executive director Ashley Stanley during the program. â€œTonight though, all I feel is gratitude because, while tonight isnâ€™t what we envisioned, itâ€™s exactly what it should be. Itâ€™s about something bigger. Itâ€™s about all of us. And itâ€™s about the others.â€