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Preventing good food from going to waste, and cutting Wales’ carbon footprint

Food surplus arises for any number of reasons such as, but not limited to: forecasting errors, labelling errors, obsolete seasonal stock, packaging issues or production trials. FareShare Cymru believes this food is always better off going onto plates and feeding vulnerable people.

Fareshare Cymru Warehouse with Pallets of Food

In Wales, some 400,000 tonnes of food are wasted each year. If just 1% of this is edible, it would be enough to provide the equivalent of over 9 million meals. FareShare Cymru believes that at a time when almost a quarter of the Welsh population are living in poverty and struggle to access good nutritious food, food that is still safe to consume should always go to those in need.

FareShare Cymru wants to speak with food and drink businesses that experience issues with food surplus, and want to tackle their carbon footprint. They turn an environmental problem into a social solution, by working with partners in the food and drink industry to divert their edible surplus food to vulnerable people around Wales. They work with over 170 community groups and charities, providing them with a regular supply of good, nutritious food that would otherwise have been wasted.

In particular, Fareshare Cymru want to open access for vulnerable people to the staples that many take for granted in their weekly shop. They have an ongoing need to access mainstays of the Great British diet, including tea, coffee, sugar, butter and eggs. FareShare Cymru would welcome discussions with any producers or manufacturers in Wales that accrue these items as surplus stock, to ensure they don’t go to waste.

In addition to helping some of the most vulnerable people in Wales, donating your surplus food to FareShare prevents it from being sent to landfill – the most common destination for food waste. This adds a substantial reduction to your firm’s carbon footprint, meaning that your surplus does good for both people and planet.

In 2021-22, FareShare Cymru rescued enough food and drink waste to save an equivalent 2650 tonnes of CO2 emissions from going into our atmosphere.

In terms of the food they are able to accept as donations, their primary criteria is that the food has a minimum of 48 hours’ minimum life on receipt, and is still safe to consume.

Fareshare Cymru would welcome a discussion with food businesses of any size from across Wales, to help them do good with their surplus food. To discuss donating your firm’s food surplus, the Surplus with Purpose Cymru fund, or for any other questions please contact Simon Stranks (Food Sourcing Coordinator) at

For more information, please download the flyer: FareShare Cymru Supplier Information

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