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UAE Food Bank says to collect leftovers from Gulfood exhibition

Officials also reveal that third site of the Food Bank will be inaugurated soon in Al Muhaisinah
The Gulfood exhibition is being held in Dubai. (ITP Images)
By Staff writer
Fri 23 Feb 2018 12:43 AM

The UAE Food bank will collect display food items at the end of the Gulf Food Exhibition and distribute them to needy people through authorised charity organisations in the country.

The UAE Food bank has provided seven containers that look like mini food banks at different locations in the exhibition halls for collecting the left-over, fresh food items, in cooperation and under the supervision of the competent authorities.

"The food surplus will be received on the last day of the Gulfood exhibition under the supervision of a special team of 11 Dubai Municipality employees as well as charities," said Noura Abdulla Al Shamsi, head of Applied Nutrition and Permits Section in the Food Safety Department of Dubai Municipality in comments published by state news agency WAM.

She also said the third site of the Food Bank will be inaugurated soon in Al Muhaisinah, under the patronage of Easa Saleh Al Gurg Charity Foundation.

"We have handed over the food to the needy people at their places, especially the category of workers, in cooperation with charities and institutions in the emirate," said Al Shamsi.

The UAE Food Bank has collected more than 600 tonnes of food last year benefiting more than 80,000 workers, 12,000 families, in addition to distributing 170,000 cooked meals, WAM reported.

The UAE Food Bank was launched last year by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in conjunction with the celebrations marking the 11th anniversary of his Accession Day.

The bank collects surplus fresh and canned food from hotels, restaurants, hospitality establishments, farms, food factories and food product markets in accordance with the approved health and safety standards in Dubai and distribute them inside and outside the country in cooperation with a network of local and international charity and humanitarian organisations.

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Last Updated: Fri 23 Feb 2018 12:21 AM GST

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