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Food Redistribution Feasibility Study Flintshire/Wrexham – Partnership in Practice

An exciting opportunity to research the development of a new food redistribution facility in Wrexham is being undertaken by local agencies based within the County Borough including AVOW, Environment Wales, Northern Marches Cymru, Wrexham Environment Network and Cais.  The ‘Fareshare for Wrexham’ Group consists of local charities, social enterprises and Local Authority representatives from the climate change and sustainability team who will be looking at the potential to redistribute surplus food produced by food manufacturers, retailers and the hospitality industry to local charities.  The model which is based on Fareshare UK will identify local opportunities to alleviate food waste and food poverty with a view of establishing a project in North East Wales. Fareshare schemes currently exist in Cardiff and Llandudno.

Eifion Williams, Chair of Fareshare for Wrexham said  “We aim to establish a Fareshare project in the Wrexham area that will be able to store and distribute surplus in-date food for the benefit of the community sector; food that would otherwise have ended up in landfill”

“Food is grown to be eaten not incinerated or buried but every year millions of tons of perfectly good food is thrown away in the UK due to the way food is being produced, marketed, and transported. Beyond the environmental benefits of this new venture, we’ll be tackling the immoral issue of in date food being sent to landfill head on and acting as a driver to change the way the food industry operates in the UK”

The feasibility study is to be carried out by sustainability consultants Sastun Ltd who will be working in close partnership with the Fareshare for Wrexham group.  Funding for the project has been received from Environmental Wales and the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The Fareshare for Wrexham steering group is appealing for local businesses and community organisations interested in this initiative to contact Eifion Williams: fareshare4wrexham@gmail.com

FareShare is a national UK charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty.

Over 4 million people in the UK cannot afford a healthy diet

FareShare UK rescued 3600 tonnes of food in 2011, and contributed towards 8.6 million meals, reaching an average of 35,500 people each day.

70% of recipient organisations made savings due to the food received from FareShare, and were able to redirect these savings to other support services

The standard rate for disposing of waste to landfill is £64 per tonne and will rise to £72 per tonne on 1 April 2013 and £80 per tonne on 1 April 2014.

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