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Letters | Putting expired foods to use

Food initiative could learn a lot from a pioneer

I was both inspired and bothered by the article “Putting expired foods to healthy use” (Page A1, Feb. 26). I was inspired by the interest that the former Trader Joe’s president, Doug Rauch, has taken in Dorchester’s food and nutritional needs. But I was bothered by the article’s failure to mention Nancy Jamison, the founder of the wonderful Fair Foods program in Dorchester. Rauch can use Fair Foods as a working example of how to reclaim healthy foods and offer them back to the people of Boston.

Having worked with Fair Foods for two years in the mid-1990s, I was given a lifetime’s worth of experience in reclaiming perishable foods and bringing them into the homes of Boston’s inner-city residents. I also saw by example the magnitude of Jamison’s methods of direct service efforts.

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