UAE launches food bank project to eliminate waste
We just gave you a list of why 2017 will be brilliant, and the fact that the city is launching the UAE Food Bank project is one of them. As part of the UAE’s “Year of Giving” initiative, the non-profit organisation will be distributing food to those in need with the view to making Dubai the first city in the region to achieve zero food waste.
The UAE Food Bank, which was announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will partner with hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and farms in order to collect, store, package and distribute excess food properly. It will also work with international charities and local authorities in order to achieve this.
Initially the food bank will operate in Dubai, before spreading to other communities in the region.
Sheikh Mohammed said: “The Year of Giving provides a golden opportunity for UAE citizens and institutions to maximise their philanthropic potential by launching humanitarian initiatives.
"We chose food as our first initiative as it is one of the most basic human needs. Through the UAE Food Bank, we aim to instill the value of giving deep in the hearts of our people.”
He added: “Emiratis are the most generous and giving people. Through the UAE Food Bank, we are creating a sustainable institutional framework inspired by these values, and by the legacy of UAE Founding Father Sheikh Zayed.”
This comes after UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, announced 2017 as the “Year of Giving” to promote the country’s strong ethos of giving back to the community. The three pillars focus on creating a sense of responsibility in private sectors, enhancing the spirit of volunteering to assist in social development, and instilling loyalty in the next generation to serve their country.