The UAE Has Now Launched A 'Food Banks' Organisation To Eliminate Food Waste
Humanitarianism at it's finest
Earlier this year, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE launched the UAE Food Bank. The concept was designed with the aim of distributing what would have been wasted food to those in need both locally and regionally.
Just this morning, the first Food Bank warehouse opened in the Al Quoz area, the location hosts two refrigerated containers to store dry, canned and packaged foods. The foods are donated by hotel chains, hypermarkets and food companies. This is the first over 30 locations all over the UAE.
During Ramadan, more than 100 Food Bank fridges are going to be set up in mosques, residential areas and public places. This is where public donations will be accepted - and highly welcomed!
This sparks the Year of Giving's first humanitarian initiative.
A total of 200 restaurants and supermarkets have signed on to the Food Bank, which include major chains such as Majid Al Futtaim Group, Carrefour, Choithrams and Jumeirah.
The organisation is 100% non-profit and operates “with hotels and restaurants, food-manufacturing companies and supermarkets and introduce a process of preserving, storing and packaging the food, with the goal to optimize usage and achieve zero waste,” as stated by the Media Office. “Volunteers will be invited to collect surplus food from the appointed authorities, and distribute it to those in need, in and outside the UAE,” the office said.