In our article on food waste and freeganism in Cardiff, we reported that although 410,000 tonnes of food and drink are thrown away in Wales each year, there was no edible food diversion scheme operating in south Wales.
But yesterday, food redistribution charity FareShare took an important step in fighting food waste and food poverty in and around the capital, with the official opening of the FareShare Cymru Cardiff depot.
FareShare Cymru diverts edible surplus food that has been discarded by food manufacturing and retail industries and redistributes it to charities and community organisations for homeless and vulnerable people.
The new depot was opened by Environment Minister John Griffiths, who helped volunteers to pack food items for distribution to charities and homeless centres in Cardiff and Newport.
Mr Griffiths said: “Food waste and food poverty are serious problems across Wales. The Welsh Government’s Towards Zero Waste ambition is for Wales to recycle 70 per cent of its waste by 2025 and to be a zero waste nation by 2050.”
He added: “I am delighted to support the work of organisations like FareShare Cymru who work to tackle these issues, and make such valuable use of food that would otherwise go to waste.”
Last year, the food redistributed by the charity contributed towards 8.6m meals for vulnerable people. The charity runs 17 operations across the UK and 35,500 people benefit from the FareShare service every day.