Kuwait Food Bank, KASCO join hands to help needy fam­i­lies

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Faten Omar KUWAIT:

Un­der the pa­tron­age of Kuwaiti busi­ness­man Bader Al-Kharafi, Kuwait Food Bank signed a joint co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with Kuwait Avi­a­tion Ser­vices Com­pany (KASCO) yes­ter­day at the food bank’s head­quar­ters in Kuwait City to pro­vide meals and fresh food items to needy fam­i­lies. Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence, Me­shal Al-An­sari, Deputy Chair­man of Kuwait Food Bank, said the agree­ment is based on the di­rec­tives of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to con­tinue char­ity and hu­man­i­tar­ian work in Kuwait.

He added that the bank aims to be one of the first to serve the needy in­ter­na­tion­ally, re­gion­ally and glob­ally by pro­vid­ing food and ba­sic needs to ben­e­fi­cia­ries through a struc­tured sys­tem. It also aims to in­crease aware­ness in the com­mu­nity over re­duc­ing wastage of food and pro­vide as­sis­tance to less for­tu­nate fam­i­lies.

KASCO is one of the lead­ing providers of food ser­vices in the pri­vate sec­tor. He pointed out that the food bank will de­liver fresh KASCO meals to needy fam­i­lies on a daily or weekly ba­sis in or­der to cover all ar­eas in Kuwait.

“KASCO’s prod­ucts are con­sid­ered to be of the best and high­est qual­ity in the re­gion, and very nu­tri­tious too,” An­sari said. He stressed that this joint agree­ment will strengthen the bank’s con­tri­bu­tions to the food sec­tor through the pro­vi­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion of best food prod­ucts to needy fam­i­lies.

An­sari told Kuwait Times that needy fam­i­lies can ap­ply through the food bank’s web­site, where their cases will be stud­ied to pro­vide the right pro­gram for them. “Kuwait Food Bank will not only sup­port fam­i­lies with food sup­plies, but will also have sev­eral pro­grams to cre­ate new jobs for the com­mu­nity and mo­ti­vate all seg­ments of so­ci­ety to vol­un­teer. The food bank will try to treat the prob­lem of thirst and hunger and con­trib­ute to re­lief cam­paigns for famines, wars and dis­as­ters around the world,” he said. An­sari re­vealed that Kuwait Food Bank will ex­pand in other Gulf coun­tries through part­ner­ship with food banks there.

Kuwait Food Bank has signed a num­ber of agree­ments with ma­jor food com­pa­nies in Kuwait, in­clud­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of coupons for ba­sic food­stuff for 5,700 needy fam­i­lies. It also signed a con­tract with Quaker, a multi­na­tional in­ter­na­tional com­pany that spe­cial­izes in food prod­ucts. It also pro­vides for cloth­ing and blan­kets to the needy in win­ter.

KASCO Chair­man Ahmed Nasser AlBan­nai said this agree­ment is in com­pli­ance with the values of Is­lam, and fol­lows the call by His High­ness the Amir in sup­port of char­ity work. “We hope that our com­pany to be at the fore­front of char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said. Ban­nai ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion that the deal will ben­e­fit the la­bor sec­tor in Kuwait, es­pe­cially low­in­come house­holds. “The part­ner­ship re­flects our com­mit­ment to good work, es­pe­cially among the less-for­tu­nate fam­i­lies in Kuwait.”

Ban­nai said KASCO is one of the lead­ing food com­pa­nies spe­cial­ized in the prepa­ra­tion and de­liv­ery of meals and buf­fets. The com­pany pro­duces more than 40,000 meals for more than 81 car­ri­ers in all lev­els re­quired.

No­tably, Kharafi es­tab­lished Kuwait Food Bank in 2016 in or­der to re­duce food waste and help fam­i­lies in need by pro­vid­ing them with ba­sic food­stuff and other items. Kuwait Food Bank ac­cepts do­na­tions by send­ing an SMS with the amount of money you are do­nat­ing (KD 1, KD 5 or KD 10) to the fol­low­ing num­bers (Viva at 50487 and Zain at 94122) or through the web­site www.kuwait­food­bank.org.

— Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: Me­shal Al-An­sari, Deputy Chair­man of the Board of Kuwait Food Bank (left), and Ahmed Al-Ban­nai, KASCO’s Chair­man of the Board at­tend the press con­fer­ence.

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