The UAE Food Bank is a non-profit charitable organisation launched January 4th 2017 under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI). It is committed to distributing food to those in need while eliminating food waste by collaborating with local authorities, as well as local and international charities, to create a comprehensive ecosystem to efficiently store, package and distribute excess fresh food from hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. It is the first Food Bank in the United Arab Emirates.
Food wastage is discarded or uneaten food which is fit for human consumption. There are many causes, accidental or intentional, of food waste, which occur at various stages of the food supply chain: production, processing, retailing and consumption. The bulk of food waste in developed economies takes place in the distribution, retail and consumption stages of the supply chain. An alarming amount of food purchased by people in the UAE is surplus to their needs. The issue of eliminating food waste while simultaneously alleviating hunger is critical today, especially when considering that there are 200,000 children born every day in food-deprived households, and many more residing in rural and underprivileged areas.
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