Sheikh Mohammed launches UAE Food Bank to Fight Hunger in Dubai
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, launched the UAE Food Bank which will combat hunger in Dubai and abroad.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launched the UAE Food Bank as part of the Year of Giving in Dubai. He stated that food is a basic human need and that is why it was chosen as the first initiative for the Year of Giving.
The UAE Food Bank is a non-profit organization. According to the Dubai Media Office the organization will partner with, “hotels, restaurants, food-manufacturing companies and supermarkets.” Volunteers will collect excess food from these places and then store and pack the food for distribution. Any inedible food will recycle inedible food to industries that can use it such as for fertilizer, chemicals and medicinal research.
The Dubai Municipality will assist with operational support for the project. A team of volunteers, who are trained in health and safety, also will take part in operational support.
Each year, the UAE loses 13 billion AED per year in wasted food. Therefore, the UAE Food Bank will help combat this food waste. Dubai hopes to achieve being the first city in the region to have zero food waste.