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Dubai ruler's wife named chairperson of UAE Food Bank initiative

Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum's keenness for charity work makes her the ideal choice, says ruler

Dubai ruler's wife named chairperson of UAE Food Bank initiative

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has appointed his wife, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, as chairperson of the board of trustees of the UAE Food Bank.

Sheikh Mohammed, also the UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister, said that the nomination of Sheikha Hind "is an assurance to achieve the highest standards from this new humanitarian establishment". 

“Sheikha Hind is close to people, and her keenness for charity work places her as the right person to lead the project,” he said in a statement.

Sheikh Mohammed on Tuesday launched the UAE Food Bank project as part of the UAE's Year of Giving initiative.

The UAE Food Bank, a non-profit charitable organisation 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 will collaborate 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 will partner with food producers such as hotels, restaurants and supermarkets and farms to store and package excess fresh food effectively.

It will then work with volunteers and partners to distribute the well-packaged food within and outside of the UAE.

The Food Bank’s operations will begin in Dubai and will expand to other underdeveloped communities in the region and around the world.

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