Sir: I wish to correct a point in last week’s article (‘Compass and Brakes unite for FareShare’, p12, 8 November) about food industry companies diverting surplus food to FareShare to feed those in need. 

During my submission to the Efra Committee, I stated that half a dozen companies have embedded processes to identify and divert their food surplus to us, including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Nestlé, Kellogg’s and Gerber. They are not the only six companies with effective systems for “diverting waste food to help feed the poor,” as was stated. 

However, there are many food industry companies that are not working with us to capture surplus food from their supply chains, as we will be doing with Compass and Brakes. If more companies can do likewise, this can bring significant amounts of good-quality food to hundreds of frontline community projects. 

Lindsay Boswell, CEO, FareShare

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