Food banks col­lect 2,000 tonnes for needy

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More than 2,000 tonnes of food have been col­lected for the UAE Food Bank over the past year.

The project has dis­trib­uted 80 fridges to the mosques of Dubai and 10 fridges each in Aj­man and Ras Al Khaimah.

It also took part in the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Food Safety Con­fer­ence through an awareness plat­form, and on World Food Day, a so­cial me­dia con­test raised awareness of food waste. Meals helped 8,000 work­ers through the Bank’s agree­ments with gro­cery com­pa­nies and pro­duc­ers.

“The 2018 plan will fo­cus on co-or­di­na­tion with the other emi­rates to es­tab­lish UAE Food Bank col­lec­tion sites,” said Da­wood Al Ha­jiri, di­rec­tor gen­eral of Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and vice chair­man of the Bank’s Board of Trustees. “The fo­cus will be on a range of projects that serve the bank’s ob­jec­tives, and it is im­por­tant that ini­tia­tives out­side the coun­try be de­vel­oped and as­sis­tance be pro­vided to af­fected coun­tries.”

In co-or­di­na­tion with Ca­reem, the Bank will col­lect sur­plus food from in­di­vid­u­als and de­liver it to Food Bank fridges at mosques in Dubai.

It will also pro­vide 1,500 snacks and 500 meals a day to RTA bus driv­ers and 700 meals a day for work­ers in labour ac­com­mo­da­tion, in part­ner­ship with Zabeel Palace.

At the Gul­food Exhibition in 2017-2018, food sur­plus was do­nated with Dubai World Trade Cen­tre, Tarahum Char­ity Foun­da­tion, Dar Al Ber So­ci­ety and Lulu Hy­per­mar­ket. Donations have helped 2,000 fam­i­lies for far.

Each Fri­day in the first quar­ter of 2018, the Bank dis­trib­uted 1,000 meals to work­ers, pro­vided by Zabeel Palace.

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