Working with Associates (Sastun and CMS), we successfully bid* to deliver a feasibility study to explore the need and opportunity for a FareShare or similar service in North East Wales. FareShare UK is a national charity distributing surplus in-date ‘waste’ food to those that most need it and operates through franchises and hubs across much of the UK.
The study looked at the need for such a service, as well as the barriers to redistributing food to communities in North East Wales. It engaged with the food industry, local community groups that might benefit, as well as organisations already operating similar facilitates. It culminated in a comprehensive set of data and recommendations designed to guide future food redistribution in North Wales. Our role was to advise on study design and content of surveys, undertake exploratory interviews with experts and existing FareShare representatives, and to shape the findings into a coherent report.
This was a particularly worthwhile piece of work to be part of because:
- FareShare is tackling dual concerns of poverty and waste, both critical long-term sustainability issues that we are concerned about
- We have a relationship (as a Trustee) with the FareShare Gtr Manchester franchise and could offer a unique perspective on this operation
- The findings were designed to offer an ongoing source of information for a new franchise, hub or wider service
- Partners and Associates were passionate about the aims of the study and what the ultimate outcomes could be
From our experience, such services like this take considerable time and effort to develop and grow as they rely on many factors not least volunteers, appropriate location, the right partners, demand and an appropriate supply of food. Operations activities to serve North East Wales are in the early stages and we will be keeping an eye on progress.
*The study was commissioned by AVOW, Environment Wales, Northern Marches Cymru, Wrexham Environment Network and Cais.
Side image: Waste food http://www.faresharebrightonandhove.org.uk/tackling-food-waste.html