The UAE Food Bank, a non-profit charitable organization, has signed several strategic partnership agreements with a number of companies participating in the 27th edition of Gulfood, the world’s largest food and beverage sourcing event being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
The agreements, which support the UAE Food Bank initiative in ensuring the efficient distribution of surplus food, were signed with Arab India Spices, Pure Food Processing Industries, TANMIAH Food Company, Global Food Industries, International Beverage Filling Industries, LA LORRAINE BAKERY MIDDLE EAST DMCC, and Emirates Macaroni Factory.
Mr. Dawoud Al Hajri, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Food Bank stressed that the Bank, one of the nation’s largest humanitarian initiatives, reflects the generosity of the country’s people. Guided by the UAE leadership’s vision, the UAE Food Bank seeks to embed a strong culture of giving in the community.
Under the agreements, the companies will provide surplus food to the UAE Food Bank as well as train volunteers on the best methods to store and preserve food in accordance with safety and hygiene practices which comply with the Bank’s guidelines, while the food stored and packaged must meet the food safety and hygiene requirements set by Dubai Municipality. In addition, the agreement mandates that companies must provide the Bank with information on the quantity and durability of the surplus food.
The UAE Food Bank plans to convert six of its branches into institutions that can train young volunteers to promote charitable and volunteer work in the community. The Bank also seeks to continue expanding its network of both regional and international partnerships, to ensure the supply of surplus food to the Bank’s centers and branches, located both inside and outside the country.