First food bank opens in Dubai to feed needy people

To lend a helping hand to the needy and feed them, the first food bank of United Arab Emirates was opened in Dubai on Wednesday. This bank has been opened by Dubai Municipality at the Al Khail Road in Al Quoz.

The food bank has two refrigerated containers to store dry, packaged and canned foods donated by food companies. The purpose of the UAE Food Bank Project is to reduce food wastage and feed people in need in the country and abroad.

The food bank will distribute food to the needy people in Dubai.
The food bank will distribute food to the needy people in Dubai. Photo courtesy:

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, officially inaugurated the Food Bank. He said 30 such banks will be opened across the Emirates. 

In the food bank, about 20 food establishments including major hotel chains and hyper market groups will donate food and for this they have also signed agreements. 10 authorised charities that have partnered with the project will also directly collect ready to eat and perishable food donated by these establishments. 

Lootah added, “UAE Food Bank fridges will be placed in mosques, residential compounds and other public places from Ramadan. General public can donate surplus food through these fridges. They need to follow the food safety and hygiene guidelines.” 

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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