Ashley Stanley was born and raised in Greater Boston. She founded food rescue, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, in 2010. Since then, Ashley has worked to grow Spoonfuls’ reach and impact, recovering over 29 million pounds of fresh, healthy food to date and distributing it through the social service stream to local pantries, meal programs, after-school and senior-serving programs, and more. In 2022 alone, the food Spoonfuls recovered from grocery stores, wholesalers, farms, and farmers’ markets across Massachusetts reached over 370,000 neighbors facing food insecurity. In addition, through her work with Spoonfuls and beyond, Ashley has raised unparalleled awareness of the issues of wasted food, food insecurity, and the climate emergency. In 2011, the Boston Business Journal named her an ‘Emerging Leader.’ In 2013, Ashley was selected as one of the BBJ’s ’40 under 40’ and served as a fellow at The Nantucket Project. In 2014, Ashley was recognized by The Boston Globe as a ‘Game Changer’ and in Boston Magazine‘s ‘Power of Ideas.’  She is an Oxfam International Sisters of the Planet Ambassador, a member of TEDWomen, and a TEDx community speaker. She’s been featured on NPR and written for The Huffington Post. Learn more about Ashley at