Saving enough surplus food each week to make 500,000 meals for vulnerable people - with Lindsay Boswell of FareShare
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This week our guest is FareShare CEO, Lindsay Boswell. FareShare are an amazing charity who save thousands of tonnes of food from going to waste ever year and use it to support vulnerable people. The food they redirect is turned into 500,000 meals each week by nearly 7,000 UK charities and community groups, including children's clubs, homeless hostels and refuges.

The episode covers the scale of the issues they are dealing with (less than 5% of surplus food that could be redirected actually is), how they achieve as much as they do already (their food was turned into 28.6 million meals last year alone) and how they can do more in the future. We talk about their partnerships with supermarkets, their advocacy on behalf of food producers and how much more advanced some other countries are in redistributing their food waste.

There are loads of fascinating insights into the UK food industry in this episode and it's a very accessible conversation. It will be of particular interest to those who want to understand the scale of wastage in the UK food industry and hear how it might be addressed.

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