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Feeding others is the essence of compassion, a pillar of our Emirati values and core to Sheikh Zayed’s legacy.
HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
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The UAE Food Bank

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.


What we aim to achieve

  • To entrench the values of social responsibility and volunteerism in the moral code of institutions and individuals by initiating sustainable partnerships with food and hospitality sector entities such as restaurants, supermarkets and hotels, and by raising awareness of the importance of volunteering with the UAE Food Bank at any stage, including collecting, storing or distributing meals.
  • To reduce the amount of food wasted, and position Dubai to be the first city in the region to achieve zero food waste, and then expanding to the different Emirates.
  • To solidify the social value of sustainability, and reduce excessive food waste, through awareness campaigns that highlight the importance of preserving the UAE’s natural resources for future generations.
  • Open UAE Food Bank branches inside and outside the UAE, in order to deliver meals to as many underprivileged people as possible.

Food waste figures

According to reports by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), nearly one-third of the world’s food is wasted annually, equivalent to about 1.3 billion tonnes of food, and approximately one trillion dollars. Against these figures, there are about 1 billion hungry people in the world



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