A total of 97,000 people have benefited from 604 tonnes of food collected by the UAE Food Bank, since its inception, it was announced on Wednesday.
The beneficiaries included 80,000 workers, 12,000 families, and 5,000 workers in need. The bank also distributed 170,000 cooked meals.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, said the 2018 work plan will focus on coordination with the other emirates to establish more UAE Food Bank collection sites.
The non-profit charitable organisation is committed to distributing food to those in need while eliminating food waste, aims to make Dubai the first city in the Middle East to achieve zero food waste.
It collaborates with local authorities as well as local and international charities to introduce a comprehensive ecosystem improving the efficiency of food storage, packaging and distribution.
It also partners with food producers such as hotels, restaurants and supermarkets and farms to store and package excess fresh food effectively.
The first branch of the food bank opened at Al Quoz, with more branches set to open across the UAE and neighbouring countries, according to Dubai Municipality, which will regulate the process of collecting, packing, storing and distributing meals for the food bank.
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