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KT For Good: A simple box of food makes a  big difference

The third part of our 14-day 'Save Food, Save Lives' series focuses on a growing network of Food Banks in the UAE that feed the needy, saving tonnes of food from wastage.

by Dhanusha Gokulan

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Published: Mon 6 May 2019, 9:32 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 May 2019, 11:35 PM

Aimed to fight food wastage and help people in need, the UAE Food Bank is a fast-growing non-profit charitable organisation.
Now, with a total of five food banks in the UAE - and more to come - the initiative has collected and distributed a total of 4,500 tonnes of food to the needy people in need since its inception in 2017, announced Dawood Al Hajiri, Director-General of the Dubai Municipality and vice-chairman of the board of trustees of the UAE Food Bank. As part of the food bank ecosystem, a total of 80 community fridges are also present in Dubai.
Through the community fridges, UAE residents can also donate surplus food. The fridges are located in mosques and retail outlets across Dubai.
Launched on January 4, 2017, under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), the UAE Food Bank is committed to distributing food to those in need. However, the food bank's primary purpose is eliminating food waste by collaborating with local authorities as well as local and international charities.
In Dubai, the Dubai Municipality oversees the criteria used by the UAE Food Bank to ensure that health and safety regulations are met in all steps of the process, including collecting, storing and distributing the meals. Hajiri said: "The UAE Food Bank represents one of the most important values of the Emirati people, 'giving' and it is moving forward to be one of the largest humanitarian institutions in the UAE."
Major achievements of UAE Food Bank
In 2018, the team distributed 1,000 meals, water and cold juices to the workers in labour accommodations in Al Muhaisinah 2 area and 500 meals at RTA workers' housing in Al Warsan area. The organisation is soon to go global as it has signed agreements with food banks in Saudi Arabia and Sudan for the exchange of knowledge and experience, said Hajiri.
Dubai Municipality officials have also signed a partnership with the Food Banking Regional Network (FBRN) to donate the country's surplus packaged, canned and cooked food from hotels and supermarkets to the network's 33 banks in the Middle East and Africa.
dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com

Dhanusha Gokulan
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