UAE launches One Million Saved Meals campaign to feed the needy

Drive aims to use food that would otherwise go to waste to deliver 33,000 meals each day during Ramadan

DUBAI - AUGUST 22,2009 - Customers queue in a buffet offered by Wafi Gourmet for Iftar at Dubai Mall. ( Paulo Vecina/The National *** Local Caption ***  PV Iftar 2.jpg

The UAE has launched a new humanitarian drive to deliver one million meals to people in need using food destined to go to waste.

The One Million Saved Meals campaign has been introduced by the UAE Food Bank in an effort to slash needless food waste and ensure vulnerable members of society do not go hungry.

The UAE Food Bank will work in partnership with dozens of hotels, retailers, fruit and vegetable markets. central kitchens and charities to serve up vital support in keeping with the spirit of Ramadan.

The scheme will support the work of the One Billion Meals campaign, which is providing food support to disadvantaged people in 50 countries during the holy month and beyond.

Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum, wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and chairwoman of the board of trustees of the food bank, said the initiative would highlight how food surplus can be used for good.

“Since its establishment, the UAE Food Bank aided more than 37 billion beneficiary locally and globally, and we aim to continue expanding its operations,” she said.

“The UAE Food Bank is only one of many humanitarian initiatives by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, and its role is to highlight the value and blessings of food.

“Food surplus is enough to feed many, and this Ramadan’s campaign is part of the 1 Billion Meals initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.”

Sheikh Mohammed praised the campaign and the charitable work of his wife in a message on Twitter.

The value of food

The initiative aims to provide 33,000 meals a day during Ramadan with the support of about 200 hotels, food establishments and charities.

A team of 150 volunteers will aid the campaign's crucial mission.

The campaign will also use start-up company Reloop to provide an innovative solution to converting food not fit for consumption into organic fertiliser and biofuel from excess cooking oil to reduce waste even further.

On a mission to help those in need