His Excellency Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality and Deputy Chairman of the UAE Food Bank announced the launch of the UAE Food Bank’s first location at a press conference held at the new facility in Al Quoz.
Though the UAE Food Bank will not directly distribute food to the needy, it will act as a storage facility for non-perishable and long-life items, distributing goods to government recognised charities as and when they are needed. Perishable items will be taken directly to the Islamic society.
Speaking to Caterer Middle East, Khalid Mohammad Sherif Al Awadhi, asst. director general for environment, health and safety control at Dubai Municipality said: “We are here to handle the technical aspects and to provide high quality food storage.”
According to Al Awadhi, the plan is to roll out more than 20 food banks across the UAE and that Al Quoz was chosen as the inaugural location due to its close proximity to several food storage warehouses. There will also be a facility at the fruit and vegetable market.
The initiative’s official partners including Jumeirah Group, Spinney’s, Al Rawabi and a selection of local charities were also in attendance to sign MOUs.
We're at the official opening of the UAE Food BankPosted by Caterer Middle East on Tuesday, April 18, 2017