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UAE Food Bank is the solution to control the food waste issue

UAE Food Bank

Yes, 2017 is the Year of Giving in the UAE, and Sheikh Mohammed launches UAE Food Bank.

Great thought from a great leader!

Dubai Vegetable Market in Al Aweer is the headquarters for the storage of UAE Food Bank

UAE Food Bank

UAE Food Bank

What is UAE Food Bank?

The non-profit organisation will partner “with hotels and restaurants, food-manufacturing companies and supermarkets and introduce a process of preserving, storing and packaging the food, with the goal to optimize usage and achieve zero waste,” according to the Media Office.

“Volunteers will be invited to collect surplus food from the appointed authorities, and distribute it to those in need, in and outside the UAE,” the office explains.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, launched the UAE Food Bank, which will distribute otherwise wasted food to those in need at both a local and regional level.

‘ZERO WASTE’

The ultimate aim of the Food Bank is to make Dubai the first city in the region to achieve zero food waste – a lofty goal, yes, but we all know the emirate likes to aim high.

It is estimated that the UAE currently sees Dhs13 billion in food waste a year, so harnessing that loss for good is nothing but a smart idea.

Basically the Food Bank will come and get the food, store it so it stays fresh, and then distribute it.

How will it work exactly?

The operation will start in Dubai and then it will be expanded to other underdeveloped communities around the world.

The Dubai Municipality will provide operational support – collecting, packaging, storing and distributing the food. Volunteers will then be trained to provide support on the ground at the UAE Food Bank locations and fridges. Which, yes, reminds us of the very successful Ramadan fridge project from last year:

The Food Bank will also recycle the remnants of inedible food however useful – i.e. for industries like fertilisers and chemical and medicinal research.

Which are the UAE Food Bank locations and fridges?

Talling up to more than 200 restaurants and supermarkets,  85 hospitality companies have signed agreements with the UAE Food Bank. Those include Majid Al Futtaim Group, Carrefour, Choithrams, Trade Centre and Jumeirah.

Dubai Vegetable Market in Al Aweer is the headquarters for the storage of UAE Food Bank

The operation will start in Dubai and then it will be expanded to other underdeveloped communities around the world.

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Information courtesy: http://whatson.ae/dubai/2017/01/bid-fight-hunger-waste-sheikh-mohammed-launches-uae-food-bank/

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