A group of investors and money managers want a company responsible for providing food parcels to U.K. schoolchildren during the current COVID-19 lockdown to answer critical questions about its meals.
The coalition, representing £3 trillion ($4.07 trillion) in assets and led by charities and local authorities money manager CCLA Investment Management, sent an open letter to Compass Group CEO Dominic Blakemore. Compass subsidiary Chartwells was awarded a contract to provide food parcels to disadvantaged families in lieu of free school meals — usually distributed via a £30 voucher — by the U.K. government.
However, the company came under fire this week as a photograph and information circulating social media apparently showing an example of a food parcel accused them of falling short.
Chartwells issued a clarification and apology on its Twitter page on Tuesday following an investigation into the photograph, acknowledging that while the photograph was not entirely representative of its weekly food parcels that in its "efforts to provide thousands of food parcels a week at extremely short notice we are very sorry the quantity has fallen short in this instance."