Emirates News Agency – The “One Million Excess Meals” campaign achieves its goal in just two weeks and continues to support the “Billion Meals” initiative.

– Daoud Al-Hajri: The achievement of one million meals of the food surplus campaign, its goal within two weeks and its continuation, reflects the deeply rooted values ​​of giving in the UAE society and its economic activities.

Sarah Al-Nuaimi: Combining the One Million Meals campaign, organized by Emirates Food Bank, into the One Billion Meals initiative brings a new impetus to its efforts.

The campaign is a straightforward and simplistic solution to the food waste challenge that is costing the world more than a trillion dollars.

The number of campaign partners has so far reached more than 200 within two weeks, with supermarkets, restaurants and hotels supporting the campaign.

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DUBAI, April 21 / WAM / Emirates Food Bank announced that the “One Million Excess Meals” campaign achieved its ultimate goal in just two weeks, after offering more than one million meals in collaboration with more than 200 campaign partners in the country . in support of the “Billion Meals” initiative organized by her. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives to provide food assistance to the poor, vulnerable and vulnerable groups of children, refugees, displaced persons and those affected by disasters and crises in 50 countries.

Emirates Food Bank confirmed that the campaign is continuing, even after recording, in just two weeks, 133% of the stated target, reaching the equivalent of more than 1.3 million meals distributed to beneficiaries by individuals and families in need.

Food from hotels and restaurants accounted for 11% of the total campaign achievement over the two weeks, while hot meals prepared from food supplies provided by campaign partners accounted for 9%, and food packages, vegetables and fruits accounted for 80% of the total. campaign offered.

Collaboration and joint efforts.

Emirates Food Bank launched the “One Million Meals with Excess Food” campaign, with the aim of providing 33,000 meals a day from excess food during the holy month of Ramadan, launching the campaign in collaboration with nearly 200 strategic partners from hotels, food establishments . , supermarkets, vegetable and fruit markets and central cuisine. And charities in the country, including more than 55 hotels, 65 grocery stores, 35 supermarkets, vegetable and fruit markets, 13 charities and 10 central kitchens, with the participation of more than 150 volunteers.

– Over 100 new partners.

The Million Meals of Surplus Food campaign also continues to offer a range of innovative environmentally friendly solutions that transform non-consumable food waste as it is classified into organic compost, as well as convert cooking oils into biofuels, in collaboration with the startup. Relube company, specialized in circular economy applications and recycling.

Work is ongoing.

His Excellency Daoud Al Hajri, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Food Bank, said: in just two weeks, reflecting the values ​​of donation established in the UAE society and its economic activities and business sectors. Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, “God forbid”, the Emirates Food Bank will continue under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Her Highness Sheikh Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Supreme Chairman of the Emirates Food Bank Foundation, launched the campaign over the next period to provide more support to us food for the needy and to preserve the blessing of food. Turn a challenge into an opportunity.

Sarah Al Nuaimi, Director of the Office of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, said: “The Billion Meals Initiative is the largest of its kind in the region to provide food assistance to the needy and poor in 50 countries around the world contributed to find innovative solutions to address the hunger challenge that threatens more than 800 million people. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Senior President of the Emirates Food Bank Foundation, has reached a new impetus for the efforts of the Billion Meals Initiative, and stressed the possibility of creating solutions Easy for the Challenge of Losing 1.3 Billion Tons of Food, Which Costs the World More Than $ 1 Trillion, According to the Food and Agriculture Organization and Agriculture “FAO”, and its transformation into an opportunity. Campaign initiatives.

The “Excess Food” campaign includes sub-initiatives, namely the “Kitchen of Goodness”, the collection of surplus food prepared and suitable for consumption from the breakfast buffet, the Ramadan basket for fruits and vegetables, as well as the Ramadan food.

The Conscious Kitchens initiative collaborates with central kitchens and benefits from surplus food in cooperative societies, supermarkets and retail stores.

Meanwhile, the initiative for the collection of surplus prepared and ready-to-eat food is coordinated with the breakfast buffet with the hotels in accordance with the principle of “preservation of ashes” to ensure that fresh food prepared by hotel chefs is not wasted and not to be used.

The Al Meer Ramadan initiative also collects staple foods from cooperatives, supermarkets and retail stores in Emirates Food Bank warehouses, then packs them in baskets containing the basic food needed to prepare meals and then distributes them to beneficiaries. The Ramadan basket is distributed for fruits and vegetables, in collaboration with the “One Million Meals Surplus” campaign partners, and then distributed to individuals and families in need.

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