The Rhondda AM is using her constituency office in Porth to distribute free food.
Leanne Wood AM has registered as a food share customer with a number of local supermarkets. This means she is eligible to receive food surplus to requirements which she then distributes, free of charge, to anyone who calls into the office during arranged times.
As the primary purpose of the scheme is to cut down on food waste, the food is distributed on a ‘no questions asked’ policy, although people are encouraged to take only what they will consume.
During the first few weeks, demand for the free food has been high with much of it taken within the first ten minutes of the collection.
Leanne said: “This scheme has been running in Bangor with colleagues in Plaid Cymru for some time now. After hearing about its success, I was determined to ensure that people in the Rhondda would get the chance to benefit from a similar scheme.
“It’s a scandal that useable food would go in the bin without a scheme like this. No edible food should be thrown away.
“People have had enough of jumping through hoops to prove they are entitled to something so we are not asking people to prove they are on benefits. There are plenty of people in work who are struggling – people who miss out on so much.
“The reason we are doing this, first and foremost, is to cut down on food waste. The food we distribute would otherwise end up as waste so there is a powerful environmental reason for doing this.
“I am therefore grateful to the major supermarkets such as Aldi, Lidl, Asda and Tesco for their cooperation on this very important project as well as the volunteers from Taff Ely foodbank who have supported us too.
“In a short time, we have already managed to make a big difference with this project.”
Anyone interested in the free food collections is urged to keep a close eye on the ‘Leanne Rhondda’ Facebook page for updates.