The “One Million Meals from Surplus” campaign joins the “Billion Meals” campaign.

Dubai: “Bay”

Emirates Food Bank announced the launch of the “One Million Surplus Meals” campaign, which aims to provide nutritional support to those in need. He also announced that the campaign joined the “One Billion Meals” initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, to provide food aid to the poor and the needy in 50 countries.

Contribute to reducing hunger

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s wife, 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 its inception in locally and globally, and we aim to expand the bank’s business.Food Bank is one of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s many humanitarian initiatives and its role is to establish 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.”

Collaboration and joint efforts

The campaign aims to provide 33,000 meals daily, from food surpluses, during the blessed Ramadan, in collaboration with about 200 strategic partners, including 55 hotels, 65 food outlets, 35 supermarkets, vegetable and fruit markets, 13 charities and 10 central kitchens. . 150 volunteers take part in its direct operations.

The campaign also offers an innovative solution to transform food waste that is not suitable for consumption, after their classification, into organic fertilizers and biofuels from processed cooking oils, in collaboration with the initial company “Relube”, specialized in applications of circular economy and recycling. , and converting excess food into organic fertilizer to end food waste.

new momentum

Daoud Al-Hajri, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Food Bank, said: Saj Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin. Juma Al Maktoum, to provide about 33,000 One meal a day throughout the blessed month.

He added, “We are collaborating with Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiatives to achieve the humanitarian goals of the Billion Meals Initiative, providing food support to the needy and the poor. We are also organizing, as part of the campaign, four targeted sub-initiatives that support the achievement of a food safety net to assist those in need ”.

intentional sub-initiatives

The “Food Suplus” campaign includes 4 sub-initiatives, namely “Kitchens of Goodness”, the collection of surplus food prepared and suitable for consumption from breakfast buffets, the Ramadan basket for fruits and vegetables and the Ramadan Meer.

Khair Kitchens focuses on gaining surplus food in cooperative societies, supermarkets and retail stores. Also collaborates with a range of central kitchens.

The working model of this sub-initiative is based on collecting the necessary components for the preparation of specific foods as they are packaged and sent by the initiative partners to the Emirates Food Bank warehouse, which sends them to the central kitchen, where the food is prepared and then distributed to needy families and individual workers.

As for the initiative to collect surplus food prepared and suitable for consumption from the breakfast buffet, it cooperates with hotels in accordance with the principle of “preservation of ash” to ensure that fresh food prepared by hotel chefs not to be abused and not used, in order to be packaged in meals stored in a healthy and safe way, to preserve its nutrients, and then distributed to the beneficiaries, in cooperation with the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities.

This initiative also offers an innovative and quality solution for food waste that is not suitable for consumption, and turns them after being processed by the development company of fertilizers and recycling “Relube” into biofuel from processed cooking oils and an organic fertilizer that is useful in fertilizing green spaces and crops.

According to company statistics, the surplus of one million meals can cover an area of ​​1.25 million square meters of agricultural land with organic fertilizer, avoid landfills, equivalent to 625,000 kilograms of waste and provide 160,000 liters of biofuel.

Meanwhile, the Ramadan Meer initiative collects staple foods from cooperatives, supermarkets and retail stores in the bank’s warehouses, and then packs them in baskets containing the basic food needed to prepare meals and distributes them to beneficiaries.

food abuse

Global figures and statistics show that 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted each year, 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, and the indirect consequences of this crisis are impoverishment. with more water resources, farmland and jobs, polluting the climate with emissions, and a quarter of the food lost each year could feed about 870 million.

Certified donation mechanisms

The “One Billion Meals” Initiative continues to receive donations, through four approved channels, which are the website www.1billionmeals.ae and the bank transfer of the “One Billion Meals” Initiative account to the approved account number: AE30026000105333439802 in Emirates NBD in UAE dirhams. If you would like to donate one dirham per day to the initiative through a monthly subscription, you can send a text message with the word “Meals” or “Meals” to 1020 for network users “du” or to 1110 for network users ” Etisalat ”. Donations can also be made by contacting the call center of the “One Billion Meals” initiative at 8009999.

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