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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Dubai Islamic Bank sponsors food bank sites​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

It is the first bank to be a key sponsor and will provide Dh5 million

Hussain Nasser Lootah, left, the municipality’s director general, helped out when the first food bank opened in Dubai in April. Pawan Singh / The National
Hussain Nasser Lootah, left, the municipality’s director general, helped out when the first food bank opened in Dubai in April. Pawan Singh / The National

Five UAE food bank sites will be permanently sponsored by the Dubai Islamic Bank that recently signed an agreement with the UAE Food Bank and the Dubai Municipality worth Dh5 million.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, the municipality’s director general, said the food bank had established a chain that included hotels, farms, hospitality units, supermarkets and a large number of volunteers.

“It deals professionally with surplus fresh and canned food under the supervision of concerned authorities and distributes it inside and outside the country in cooperation with a network of local and international humanitarian and charity organizations,” said Mr Lootah, who is also deputy chairman of the UAE Food Bank’s board of trustees.

The community initiative aimed to help philanthropists work with experts in the field of preservation to ensure that food was not wasted and destroyed but would instead help people within the country and other nations could also benefit from the project.

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"We are committed to supporting and sponsoring this national initiative in the Year of Giving. With this, we have become the first bank to become a key sponsor and supporter of this initiative,” said Abdullah Ali Al Hamli, DIB's managing director.

As per the agreement, DIB will also promote and advertise the food banks in the media and on social networking sites.

The UAE Food Bank and Dubai Municipality supervise and manage sites for collection and distribution of surplus food and provide permits for containers to store surplus food.

The overall plan was launched by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and falls under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation.