’10 million meals’ campaign concludes with over 15 million meals in less than a month

’10 million meals’ campaign concludes with over 15 million meals in less than a month
The UAE’s biggest food distribution drive draws massive donations to support Covid-19-hit communities in UAE

’10 million meals’ campaign concludes with over 15 million meals in less than a month

 

  • Hind bint Maktoum: “The ‘10 million meals’ campaign reflects the UAE’s commitment to providing necessary resources that ensure a decent life for all at times of crisis”
  • Hind bint Maktoum: “In the UAE, we are keen to overcome this crisis together, without leaving anyone in need”
  • Hind bint Maktoum: “The overwhelming response that continued, even after the campaign had exceeded its target within the first week, indicates the powerful solidarity of the UAE society

 Over 1,000 volunteers participated from Dubai Municipality, ‘Your City Needs You’ initiative, Hope Makers Development Programme, volunteers.ae platform and CDA.

 

Dubai, UAE, 15 May 2020— The ’10 million meals’ campaign concluded after drawing overwhelming donations that secured over 15 million meals for Covid-19-hit communities in the UAE in less than a month.

Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of UAE Food Bank, said the ’10 million meals’ campaign has presented a practical humanitarian response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The UAE’s biggest food distribution drive, she noted, opened new horizons of humanitarian work in the UAE society by bringing everyone together to support the vulnerable against the global pandemic.

The campaign, overseen by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) in collaboration with Social Solidarity Fund Against Covid-19, drew donations from 110,000 individuals and companies of 115 nationalities to provide over 15 million meals and food parcels to people in need. With the help of over 1,000 volunteers, 6.5 million meals have so far been distributed across the country.

Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum said, “the ’10 million meals’ campaign reflects the UAE’s commitment to providing necessary resources that ensure a decent life for all at times of crisis.” She added, “The global pandemic has affected everyone across the world. In the UAE, we are keen to overcome this crisis together, without leaving anyone in need.”

She praised the massive response of individuals and companies to the ’10 million meals’ campaign that exceeded its target within only the first week of its launch, drawing even more donations throughout. She noted, “The overwhelming response that continued, even after the campaign had exceeded its target within the first week, indicates the powerful solidarity of the UAE society.”

Commending corporate donations, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum said, “The impactful contributions of public and private entities and the humanitarian sector fulfill corporate social responsibility through providing food support for low-income individuals and families most affected by the covid-19 pandemic.”

She stressed that the contributions of citizens and residents from over 115 nationalities capture the core fabric of the UAE’s diverse society that is based on tolerance and coexistence. “At times of crisis, we get to witness the results of the values we have deeply rooted in our society since the foundation as we succeed in uniting people from different cultures and nationalities to empower and bring happiness for one another.”

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum had announced the launch of the ’10 million meals’ campaign earlier in April to provide food support for communities hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic that left many facing unemployment and income reduction.

The campaign enabled individuals, companies, government entities and humanitarian organizations to make financial and in-kind donations towards providing meals and food parcels to low-income individuals and families throughout the month of Ramadan.

Record-breaking contributions

Online donations secured 1.4 million meals, while SMS donations helped provide 771,535 meals. In-kind donations made through the campaign’s call center amounted to 726,392 meals.

While companies and prominent entrepreneurs pledged 5.7 million meals, collective donations of humanitarian and charity organizations helped secure 6.8 million meals. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment took the lead by donating Dh20million at the beginning of Ramadan, later followed by an additional Dh9 million to collectively secure 3.62 million meals with the total Dh29 million donation.

Under the supervision of MBRGI and the Social Solidarity Fund Against Covid-19, meals and food parcels are delivered in a logistical distribution network developed in collaboration with partnering entities to ensure swift and efficient delivery of food to beneficiaries across the country. The campaign’s different teams were assigned different roles in food catering, sterilization, packaging, loading and transport, leading up to the nationwide distribution.

The UAE Food BankMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment (MBRCH), and UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia UAE) are executing the ’10 million meals’ campaign in collaboration with ministries, federal and local entities and humanitarian and charitable organizations in the UAE.

The World’s Tallest Donation Box

Later in Ramadan, the MBRGI launched the World’s Tallest Donation Box in collaboration with Burj Khalifa. The unique initiative enabled people to buy Burj Khalifa lights with as a little as Dh10 each to help provide meals for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Every light purchased for Dh10 on www.tallestdonationbox.com provided a meal for someone in need. The donations lit one pixel at a time, illuminating Burj Khalifa’s 1.2 million lights in less than a week in a message of hope and solidarity to the world amid the global pandemic. The initiative alone secured 1.2 million meals for the ’10 million meals’ campaign.

 

 

Going viral

The World’s Tallest Donation Box went viral on social media with thousands of users encouraging each other to donate. The initiative also attracted widespread local and international media coverage with over 150 TV and print reports.

Unique donations

In-kind contributions to the ’10 million meals’ campaign transcended the average food supplies and items, attracting tonnes of fruits like bananas, apples and dates, millions of water bottles, ice cream, juice packs, and frozen chicken. Fast food chains also provided meal vouchers. The unique donations helped provide nutritious meals and enriched the diversity of food provided.

Volunteers

Over 1,000 volunteers, aged between 18 and 53, have so far participated in the ’10 million meals’ campaign, taking up different tasks from responding to calls, distributing meals on field and following up with beneficiaries. The volunteers joined through the five platforms of Dubai Municipality, ‘Your City Needs You’ initiative, volunteers.ae, Community Development Authority (CDA) and Hope Makers Development Programme.

About the campaign

The ‘10 million meals’ campaign is the UAE’s biggest community campaign, that aims to provide food assistance to families and individuals who have lost their income or got affected directly or indirectly by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.

The nationwide campaign, which coincides with the approach of the Holy Month of Ramadan, enables the public, entities, companies, businessmen, entrepreneurs and philanthropists to make a financial donation towards purchasing cooked meals and food supplies. Donors can also make in-kind contributions by providing food items and parcels for distribution to hard-hit families and individuals in the challenging circumstances that left many facing unemployment or income reductions.

The campaign aims to create a sustainable network of social support and solidarity in the UAE through bringing together all segments of the society to provide food supplies to the vulnerable, therefore, fostering a sense of safety and stability.  It coincides with the Holy Month of Ramadan, reflecting the UAE’s commitment to lending a helping hand to every person in need. The campaign fosters the values of generosity and compassion, key aspects of the blessed month.

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