Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! Celebrating FareShare Cymru’s work in South Wales

FareShare Cymru South Wales teamCelebrating FareShare Cymru on St David's DayDaffodils in the FareShare warehouse

1 March 2018

On St David's Day we're celebrating the crucial work of FareShare Cymru, operating in South Wales

FareShare operates 21 Regional Centres across the UK, including one in Wales: FareShare Cymru. Of the four parts of the UK, Wales sadly has the highest rates of poverty, in particular amongst children, pensioners and disabled people. According to a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 24% of people in Wales are living in poverty. The figure is even higher among children: 29.9%. Particularly in a region so affected by poverty, the work of FareShare Cymru in South Wales is extremely important.

FareShare Cymru is based in the outskirts of Cardiff and works with charities and community organisations across South East Wales, providing them with good quality, nutritious surplus food so they can feed people while offering other vital services.

FareShare Cymru is regularly helping 61 charities and community groups, including family centres, after school clubs, and breakfast clubs for children.

They reach 7,500 people every week including:

  • 2,500 low income families
  • 1,300 older people
  • 500 children
  • 125 disabled people

So far in 2018, FareShare Cymru redistributed 92.3 tonnes of food - that's enough for 220,000 meals - including:

  • 17 tonnes fruit and veg
  • 15.6 tonnes dairy
  • 6 tonnes meat and fish
  • 4.3 tonnes breakfast products and bread

FareShare Cymru supports charities and community groups like The Prince's Trust, supporting disadvantaged young people in Cardiff with personal development opportunities, or the Moorland Star community centre who make a difference by providing anyone over the age of fifty the provision of a daily fresh cooked meal, the comfort of their surroundings and their friendship, making them feel like a valued part of their local community.

“Our fresh food is relished. The healthy food we provide ensures a healthier lifestyle for our users and benefits many people who could not otherwise afford a daily cooked meal.”

Dorothy at Moorland Star supporting older people in the Splott, Tremorfa and Pengam Green area of Cardiff.

Thanks to the relationship with FareShare, Moorland Star was able to make a huge difference in the quality and quantity of meals they provide, as well as save around £300 per week. The food supplied by FareShare also saves The Prince's Trust money, enabling them to spend more on the courses and other services they provide for young people in need.

Read more stories behind the meals in our case studies for The Prince's Trust Fairbridge Programme and Moorland Star community centre.

How you can help

Volunteers are key to FareShare Cymru’s success and new people are always welcome. If you would like to volunteer to help alleviate food poverty and food waste in the region please register your interest by filling out this form. Become a Food Hero today!

You can also donate directly to FareShare Cymru on Virgin Money, follow them on Facebook and Twitter, visit their website and keep in touch by signing up to the FareShare Cymru newsletter.