* HH Sheikh Mohammed celebrates his 11th anniversary as ruler of Dubai on January 4
* He has launched UAE’s first Food Bank as part of “Year of Giving”
* Food Bank goal is to achieve zero food waste
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister Ruler of Dubai, is celebrating the 11th anniversary of his accession to rule the emirate on January 4.
To mark this day, His Highness launched the UAE’s first Food Bank, a non-profit charitable organisation committed to collecting, keeping, packaging and distributing food for those in need in the UAE and abroad, while eliminating food waste.
This comes as one of his first initiatives in 2017, dubbed as the “Year of Giving” in the emirate.
How it works
The Food Bank has its eyes set on achieving zero food waste, and will work on achieving this goal through several collaborations with companies in the private sector, food manufacturing companies and volunteers.
Trucks will collect left-over food from food producers like hotels, supermarkets, restaurants and farms, and then take it to a safe, cooled storage, before it is packaged and then distributed.
It will also work with local authorities and local and international charities to improve the efficiency of food storage, packaging and distribution.
“The Year of Giving provides a golden opportunity for UAE citizens and institutions to maximise their philanthropic potential by launching humanitarian initiatives. We chose ‘food’ as our first initiative as it is one of the most basic human needs. Through the UAE Food Bank, we aim to instill the value of giving deep in the hearts of our people,” Sheikh Mohammed was quoted as saying on the UAE’s state news agency, WAM.
“Emiratis are the most generous and giving people. Through the UAE Food Bank, we are creating a sustainable institutional framework inspired by these values, and by the legacy of UAE Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed,” His Highness added.
The UAE Food Bank initiative has been launched under the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation (MBRGI).