Why We Do It

We believe that no good food should be wasted.

However,

  • 30-50% (or 1.2-2 billion tonnes) of all the food produced on the planet is lost before reaching a human stomach.(IMECHE, 2013)
  • 3.9 million tonnes of food is wasted every year by the food and drink industry in the UK. (WRAP, 2015)
  • In Wales, it is estimated that over 400,000 tonnes of food is wasted by the food and drink manufacturing, wholesale and retail industry – if only 1% of this is surplus fit for human consumption that would be enough to contribute to over 8million meals. (Welsh Government, 2011)

In sharp contrast:

  • 870 million worldwide don’t have enough to eat.
  • 13 million people in the UK live in poverty making it hard to afford essentials including food. (Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2014)
  • 700,000 people (23% of population) were living in poverty in Wales in the three years up to 2013-14 (JRF , 2015)
  • During 2014-15 a total of 5,070 households were accepted as homeless and at the end of March 2015 there were 2,050 households in temporary accommodation. (Welsh Government, 2015)
  • Compared with ten years earlier, there are more people of working age (particularly young adults) in poverty and fewer children and pensioners. (JRF , 2015)
  • There has been no reduction in the extent of low pay in Wales for a decade –270,000 jobs, mainly held by women, are paid below two-thirds of the UK median hourly wage. (JRF , 2015)
  • in 2014 there were 30,000 Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanctions, lower than in 2013, due mainly to fewer claimants. (JRF , 2015)
  • It is estimated that over 200,000 are in food poverty in Wales.