FareShare Cymru has received £393,000 capital funding from the Welsh Assembly Government, which will contribute towards the establishment of a Cardiff FareShare franchise.
The charity redistributes unwanted supermarket food, as well as providing training for homeless people and the long-term unemployed and will use the funding to provide essential equipment, including refrigerated vehicles, a freezer and warehouse space for the new franchise – the first of its kind in South Wales.
Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson said: “FareShare Cymru will help reduce food waste even more, by taking perfectly good food which would otherwise get thrown away and passing it to people who really need it.
“I believe that the project has the potential to make a big difference, not just to the amount of food that goes to waste, but to the lives of hundreds of vulnerable people in Cardiff.”
A FareShsre franchise run by Crest Co-operative and Conwy and Denbighshire community groups has already diverted 22 tonnes of edible food from landfill in its first four months.