A Welsh charity working to redistribute quality surplus food to disadvantaged community organisations has been given a cash boost.
Environment and sustainable development minister John Griffiths announced an extra £685,000 to FareShare Cymru to support the development of existing projects in Cardiff and Llandudno Junction. The charity is also looking to open a new facility in south west Wales.
The food is donated by suppliers including large supermarkets and local food companies. This food would otherwise be destined for landfill.
FareShare established a site in North Wales in September 2010, providing deliveries of high quality food to groups across Conwy and Denbighshire.
A similar project opened in Cardiff last July and was officially opened by Griffiths who said: “Projects like this show how businesses can work with community groups to reduce waste and help disadvantaged groups.
“The Welsh Government has ambitious targets for Wales to recycle 70% of its waste by 2025 and be a zero waste nation by 2050. This will enable us to reap the social and economic benefits that come with being a high recycling society.”
FareShare has prevented over 160 tonnes of edible food from being wasted, helped more than 30 organisations feed people and provided, on average, over 25 training and volunteering opportunities a week.