Supermarkets, their suppliers and manufacturers want to avoid sending good food to landfill or anaerobic digestion. The food is often in date and fit for sale but surplus to requirements or does not meet specification in some way.
FareShare Cymru offers a sustainable solution - the food can be donated to FareShare Cymru who redistributes it to community food members who feed people in need. This includes homelessness hostels, housing associations, emergency refuges, food banks and school breakfast clubs. A FareShare Cymru depot in Cardiff serves charities in Cardiff and Newport, another in Llandudno Junction works with those along the North Wales Coast.
FareShare depots are operated by volunteers, often referrals from the community food members and people in need themselves. As well as doing something very worthwhile they gain experience and qualifications that can help them back in to work.
FareShare Cymru is mentioned as part of the solution in the Welsh Government strategy, ‘Towards Zero Waste.’ Welsh Government helped with the purchase of the Cardiff depot and John Griffiths AM, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, will formally open it on 23 January 2012.