Ever since Sheikh Mohammed launched the idea of the UAE Food Bank, the nation has been looking at ways to have less on its plate.
Back in January, the Ruler of Dubai and UAE Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced that the food bank would partner with local, authorities, hotels, restaurants and supermarkets and farms to donate surplus food to those who need it most.
Now it’s a chance for us to get involved – Dubai Municipality and the UAE Food Bank have called for a commitment to zero tolerance for food waste in the UAE from both consumers and the food industry.
World Food Day is being marked on 16th October in Dubai by placing fridges around the emirate where people can donate food that’s pre-packaged (so that’s not leftovers or stuff that’s already been opened) to help people on low incomes.
People and businesses are also being asked to come up with ideas for #ZeroFoodWaste and share with them the Food Safety Department of Dubai Municipality, and there will be competitions for schools to take part in.
“According to the UN one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally each year,” says Khalid Mohammed Sharif, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality for Environment, Health and Safety Control Sector.
“We as individuals as well as government and the food business have to commit ourselves to reducing food waste in Dubai and the UAE, whether it is by reducing portion sizes, communicating with consumers in a better way by identifying their expectations or by better stock management, every food business will be able to do something to reduce food waste.”
With more than AED 13 billion worth of food being chucked away in the UAE every year, this campaign will hopefully give us all the impetus we need to clear our plates.
Sign up for #ZeroFoodWaste at www.foodsafetydubai.com