1 Billion Meals Initiative raises 420 million meals from 232,000 donors in just three weeks
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: – The 1 Billion Meals initiative, the region’s largest food donation campaign, has collected 420 million meals to date, just three weeks after its launch by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister. of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. Organized by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), the initiative provides food support to disadvantaged and undernourished people in 50 countries around the world.
The 1 Billion Meals Campaign builds on the success of the 100 Million Meals Campaign, which ran during Ramadan last year and surpassed all of its goals to collect 220 million meals and distribute them around the world. entire. The 1 Billion Meals campaign will now target a new stage in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, especially among vulnerable groups of children, refugees, displaced people and victims of disasters and crises. The goal of the 1 Billion Meals initiative aims to collect an additional 780 million meals and distribute them in 50 countries around the world.
His Excellency Mohammad Al Gergawi, Secretary General of MBRGI, confirmed that the 1 Billion Meals Initiative has raised AED200 million in donations, equivalent to 200 million meals, from 232000 donors to date. In addition to the 220 million meals collected and distributed last year, this brings the total to 420 million meals.
His Excellency pointed out that the initiative has also started distribution operations in several countries, including Nigeria, Sudan, Albania, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, India and Kosovo.
Food, a basic human need
His Excellency Al Gergawi said, “The influx of donations reflects the global nature of the initiative which aims to provide food aid as it is a basic human need. It is also a unique response to the call of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
His Excellency confirmed that the launch of the initiative with the start of the holy month of Ramadan, which marks a season of good deeds and donations, transformed the donation campaign into a social movement. Stretching from the United Arab Emirates to feed the hungry in 50 countries around the world, it helps more than 800 million people fight hunger.
Humanitarian Solidarity and Responsible Commitment
His Excellency Al Gergawi praised the spirit of human solidarity and the strong sense of responsibility shown by the community of the United Arab Emirates towards the disadvantaged and undernourished people, who look to their brothers in humanity to provide them with a net of security that protects them from the impacts of food insecurity.
Her Excellency noted that the charity auctions gave particular impetus to the 1 Billion Meals initiative and provided a creative way to expand the reach of humanitarian work. He commended the innovative new initiatives that have been developed to support the 1 Billion Meals initiative, playing a key role in accelerating the achievement of the 1 Billion Meals goal, which has reached the equivalent of 420 million meals to date.
Until the end goal is reached
His Excellency Al Gergawi expressed his confidence in the UAE community of public and private sector organizations, individuals and philanthropists, to continue to actively contribute to the largest food donation campaign of its kind in the region until that it reaches its ultimate goal of providing one billion meals. to millions of individuals and families around the world.
Her Excellency said: “Today, donors to the 1 Billion Meals initiative are feeding the hungry, embodying the values of the holy month of Ramadan. They are also helping to achieve Goal 2 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. UN – Zero Hunger Finally, they renew faith in humanity by sending, as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, one billion humanitarian messages from the United Arab Emirates to the world.
Donors can contribute to the 1 Billion Meals initiative through the following donation channels – the official campaign website: www.1billionmeals.ae; bank transfer to the campaign account at Emirates NBD, number: AE300260001015333439802. Donors can also choose to donate AED 1 per day through a monthly subscription by sending “Meals” or “وجبة» by SMS to 1020 on the network or 1110 on the Etisalat network. Donations can also be made through the campaign call center via a toll-free number 8009999.
1 billion meals
The 1 Billion Meals initiative provides direct access to food supplies to less fortunate communities in 50 countries around the world, in coordination with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), Food Bank Regional Network (FBRN) , the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charitable Establishment (MBRCH), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Arab Emirates Food Bank, as well as a number of charities and humanitarian organizations local authorities in the beneficiary countries.