UAE Food Bank to extend operations outside Emirates
The UAE Food Bank is to open branches outside the country as part of the country’s mission to expand its charitable, relief and humanitarian activities worldwide.
Hussain Lootah, vice chairman of the food bank’s board of trustees and director general of Dubai Municipality, confirmed the expansion in accordance with the approved strategy.
“The UAE Food Bank carries special importance as a humanitarian, social and cultural value that seeks to establish values of commitment and social responsibility, and promotes volunteerism by encouraging institutions and people to engage in the bank’s activities,” Mr Lootah said.
He said this included collecting excess food from various outlets and redistributing it to those in need.
Mr Lootah said that the UAE Food Bank “deals professionally with surplus fresh and canned food under the supervision of the concerned authorities, and distributes it inside and outside the country in cooperation with a network of local and international humanitarian and charity organisations”.
The first UAE food bank, west of Al Khail Road in Al Quoz, Dubai, opened last month with 96 hotels, 240 food shops and seven charitable organisations signing up to donate their excess food and help to distribute it.