Everything FareShare Cymru does serves to fight hunger, and tackle food waste. FareShare Cymru's mission is to partner with the food and drink industry to help prevent commercially unviable food from becoming food waste.
In the last year, the food industry has faced headwinds in the form of global and national issues that have affected the supply of surplus food. These have included the war in Ukraine; global supply chain issues; labour and recruitment challenges; the cost of fuel; the cost of living crisis causing rising energy costs; and extreme weather. When the food and drink industry is affected by events, this has a ripple effect on their ability to source surplus food for redistribution.
Despite these challenges however, FareShare Cymru redistributed 1482 tonnes of food, of which 858 tonnes was surplus. This equates to more than 3.5 million meals provided to vulnerable people Wales. During 2022-23, FareShare Cymru supported over 200 charities and community groups in Cardiff, Newport, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Monmouthshire and Carmarthenshire. In North Wales, their partners FareShare Merseyside supported 33 organisations across Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham.