FareShare Cymru is excited to announce a partnership with UWTSD and Carmarthenshire-based café Cegin Hedyn.

This partnership will allow FareShare Cymru (FSC) to deliver to Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, and Ceredigion. Helping more charities and community groups give a hand up to those most in need in their local communities.

The partnership with the University of Wales Trinity St David’s in Carmarthen will give FSC use of their car parking facility to store their transporting vans, making it easier to deliver surplus food to areas in West Wales and enabling FSC to support more charities and community groups across the country.

This project is part-funded by the Welsh Governments Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme and deliveries to Carmarthenshire have already begun. FSC will begin operations to move into Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion in early 2023, ensuring that no community is left to suffer.

Since deliveries to Carmarthenshire began in March, 42.45 tonnes of food have been redistributed to 10 community groups and charities in the region, with figures and member numbers continuing to rise as the expansion gathers momentum. 

From the initial conversation with Cegin Hedyn owner, Deri Reed, his passion for sustainability and helping those most in need was clear. Together, FSC and Cegin Hedyn have developed a system where they can work with local volunteers to support charities and community groups across west Wales to ensure that surplus food reaches those who need it most, helping to achieve the mission of fighting hunger and tackling food waste.

On the partnership Deri said:

“Having been an avid follower of FareShare Cymru’s work for over a decade I realise the challenge we have ahead of us. Becoming an ambassador for the charity will help us to push further into more of Wales, creating a bigger impact. Working with volunteers to strengthen our operations we can deliver surplus food to community projects who will give it to those most in need.”

Deri Reed – Cegin Hedyn

The current demand for services like FSC is at a level never previously experienced, with more and more people experiencing food poverty. It is only through building relationships with local organisations that FSC can rise to the challenge that the current cost of living has society facing.

FareShare Cymru CEO, Sarah Germain explained:

“We are delighted to be able to work with The Warren and the University of Wales Trinity St. David to expand our services further into West Wales. We recognise that now more than ever we have a duty to enable community organisations to give a hand up to people in need. FareShare Cymru will continue to expand our services further into Wales – creating an opportunity for communities to prosper”

Sarah Germain – CEO FareShare Cymru

Further information.

If you are a community group or charity organisation based in Carmarthen, Pembrokeshire, or Ceredigion and would be interested in using our services please contact members@fareshare.cymru

Welsh Governments Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme: https://gov.wales/landfill-disposals-tax-communities-scheme
Cegin Hedyn: https://ceginhedyn.org.uk/
University in Wales Trinity St David’s: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/
Joining FareShare Cymru: https://fareshare.cymru/joining-fareshare-cymru/