There are 14 other FareShare projects round the UK
Wales' first FareShare project, which distributes surplus food from shops to those in need, is being launched in Conwy and Denbighshire.
The scheme, officially launching on Thursday 20 January, is being run by the Crest Co-operative, a Llandudno Junction-based organisation which operates several recycling and employment initiatives.
FareShare north Wales actually started work in September 2010 and community groups across Conwy and Denbighshire have already received £36,743 worth of high quality food, free of charge.
The food, which has been donated from the warehouses of large chain stores such as Tesco and Asda, is surplus to requirements, but still fit for consumption.
So far the scheme has diverted 22.6 tonnes of food away from landfill.
Anna Glover, marketing officer for Crest, said: "We're also trying to get local businesses onboard.
"We went round last year's Conwy Feast, collecting all the surplus food from the local suppliers and we had a great response.
"One local bakery has already donated some fresh produce to us."
She explained the food they receive from the supermarket suppliers may have damaged packaging, but is always within date.
"We can only accept food which has been sealed and packaged, though," she explained. "So fresh or frozen meat, fish, veg, ambient foods like rice, pasta and juices are all fine.
"Then Eifion, our coordinator, drives all over in his refrigerated van, delivering food to the 18 projects we've currently got onboard."
Crest Co-operative received £246,926 from the Big Lottery Fund and grants from other organisations last year to set up the scheme.
FareShare hope to expand to Gwynedd and Anglesey in the future
Cllr Mike Priestley, Conwy County Council cabinet member for the environment, said: "It's a scheme which has not only provided nutritious food to the most vulnerable people of society, but has also diverted perfectly good, in date food from landfill.
"Landfill gives off one of the worst gases carbon monoxide, which is 22 times more potent than CO2. FareShare is great news and I would like to congratulate Crest."
Groups receiving food have included Touchstones 12 in Colwyn Bay, a project providing a drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme; Prospects in Conwy, a day centre for individuals with learning disabilities; and Canolfan Dewi Sant, Rhyl, a drop-in centre for the homeless.
Crest is able to run the scheme with the help of volunteers who are long-term unemployed or who have learning difficulties and are being helped back into work.
Anna said that they hope to be helping over 100 projects in the next couple of years, expand westwards and get more local businesses onboard.