His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, said that His Highness’s wife, Her Highness Sheikh Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Emirates Food Bank Foundation, launched a new initiative in the food bank to save one million meals from surplus food and distributed to those in need in the blessed month of Ramadan, His Highness said that Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum is a “companion and friend on the path of goodness”, noting the achievements of Her Majesty’s initiative for the preservation of surplus food and their distribution to the needy during Ramadan.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on his Twitter page yesterday, said: “Sheikh Hind bint Maktoum launched an initiative today at the Food Bank, which she leads, to save one million meals from excess food and to distribute them to the needy during Ramadan, in cooperation with 200 hotels and food facilities 37 million food bank beneficiaries since its inception .. Hind is a model .. Hind is good and a giver .. Hind is a friend and friend on the path of goodness.
In addition, Emirates Food Bank announced the launch of the “One Million Surplus Meals” campaign, which aims to provide nutritional support to those in need, and announced the merging of the campaign with the “Billion Meals” initiative launched by His Highness the Sheikh. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to provide food assistance to the poor and needy in 50 countries.
The wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Her Highness Sheikh Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, the Supreme President of the Emirates Food Bank Corporation, said: “More than 37 million food bank beneficiaries since the beginning of “locally and globally., and we aim to expand the bank’s business.”
Her Highness added: “The Food Bank is one of the many humanitarian initiatives of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the role of the bank is to consolidate the value of food nutrition and ash conservation in our country.”
Her Highness stressed that “food surplus is enough to feed many people and the Ramadan initiative is part of the billion-dollar campaign launched by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”
The One Million Meals of Surplus Food campaign, organized by Emirates Food Bank, joins the efforts of the Billion Meals initiative, the largest in the region to provide food aid to the poor and needy in 50 countries.
The “One Million Meals with Surplus” campaign aims to provide 33,000 meals daily from surplus food during the month of Ramadan, in collaboration with nearly 200 strategic partners from hotels, food establishments, supermarkets, vegetable and fruit markets, central kitchens and charities. in place.
The One Million Meals Surplus Campaign collaborates with more than 55 hotels, 65 grocery stores, 35 supermarkets, vegetable and fruit markets, 13 charities and 10 central kitchens, with more than 150 volunteers taking part in its operations. direct.
The campaign also offers an innovative solution for the conversion of food waste that is not suitable for consumption after sorting into organic fertilizers and biofuels from processed cooking oils, in collaboration with the initial company “Relube”, which specializes in economics applications circular, recycling and conversion of surpluses. food in organic compost to end food waste.
Daoud Al-Hajri, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Food Bank, said: “The one million meal surplus campaign organized by the Emirates Food Bank joined the billions of meals initiated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin. Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai A new impetus to reach, under the leadership of His Highness’s wife Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Her Highness Sheikh Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Supreme President of the Emirates Food Bank Foundation, to provide more than 33,000 meals a day throughout the holy month of Ramadan.
He added: “We are collaborating with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives to achieve the humanitarian goals of the Billion Meals Initiative by providing food support to the needy and the poor. As part of the One Million Surplus Meals campaign, we we are also organizing four targeted sub-initiatives that support the achievement of a food safety net to help those in need. ”
The “Food Suplus” campaign includes four sub-initiatives, namely “Kitchens of Goodness”, the collection of surplus food prepared and suitable for consumption from the breakfast buffet, the Ramadan basket for fruits and vegetables and Ramadan Meer.
The Conscious Kitchens initiative focuses on gaining surplus food in cooperatives, supermarkets and retail stores. Also collaborates with a range of central kitchens.
The working model of this sub-initiative is based on the collection of components needed for the preparation of specific foods after they have been filled and delivered by the initiative partners to the Emirates Food Bank warehouse, which in turn sends them to the central kitchen, where foods are. are prepared and then distributed to families in need and individual workers. In terms of the initiative to collect surplus food prepared and suitable for consumption from the breakfast buffet, it cooperates with hotels according to the principle of “preservation of ash” to ensure that fresh food prepared by hotel chefs is not wasted and not to be used, so that it is packaged within the meals kept safely and healthily to preserve its nutrients, and then delivered to the beneficiaries in cooperation with the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities.
This initiative also offers a quality and innovative solution for food waste that is not suitable for consumption and transforms them, after being processed by the developing company of fertilizers and recycling “Relube”, into biofuel from processed cooking oils and organic fertilizer that is useful in fertilization. green spaces and cultures.
According to Relube statistics, an excess of one million meals can cover 1.25 million square feet of agricultural land with organic fertilizers, reserve landfills equivalent to 625,000 kilograms of waste and provide 160,000 liters of biofuel.
The Ramadan Meer Initiative collects staple foods from cooperatives, supermarkets and retail stores in Emirates Food Bank warehouses and then places them in baskets containing the basic foodstuffs needed to prepare meals and then distributes them to beneficiaries. Ramadan Fruit and Vegetable Basket Initiative specializes in preparing baskets. Its ingredients include vegetables and fruits, in collaboration with the “One Million Meals Surplus” campaign partners, and then distribute them to individuals and families in need.
• “One Million Meals from Surplus Food” cooperates with 55 hotels, 65 grocery stores, 35 supermarkets, vegetable and fruit markets, 13 charities and 10 central kitchens.
• The campaign offers an innovative solution to turn food waste that is not suitable for consumption into organic fertilizer and biofuel.
• 200 strategic partners in the country are collaborating with the “One Million Surplus Meals Campaign”.
Hind bint Maktoum:
“More than 37 million food bank beneficiaries since its inception locally and globally and we aim to expand the bank’s business.”
“Food surpluses are enough to feed many people, and the Ramadan initiative is part of the billion-dollar campaign launched by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”
Food waste worldwide
World figures show that 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted annually, while the total value of this food waste is one trillion dollars, while the disposal of surplus food costs about 410 billion dollars a year, while the indirect consequences of this crisis are impoverishment. of more water resources and agricultural land, labor and climate pollution by emissions, while a quarter of the food lost each year can feed more than 870 million people.
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