Dubai: The UAE Food Bank distributed a total of 73,200 food packets during the Ramadan this year, which included 49,700 iftar kits and 23,500 suhour meals, Dubai Municipality announced on Sunday.

The food distribution was organised in cooperation with a group of supporting sponsors such as Sadia, Al Islami Foods, Caesar Catering, LuLu Hypermarket, West Zone Supermarket, Barakat, STC, Zahrat Al Madaen, Farzana General Trading, Dubai Golf Club, Procat Catering, Modern Bakery, Alia General Trading, Al Habtoor Grand Hotel, Nusrat Restaurant, Issa Al Ghurair and Al Hamar Kitchen.

Khalid Sharif Al Awadhi, assistant director general of Environment, Health and Safety Control Sector at Dubai Municipality and chairman of the Preparatory Committee of the UAE Food Bank, hailed the excellent achievements of the UAE Food Bank during Ramadan 2018.

In a press release, he said the distribution of thousands of iftar and suhour food packets could be achieved with the cooperation of various government agencies, charities and private sector companies in the country.

He noted that this fulfils the Bank’s objectives of providing food to the needy, reducing wasted foods, supporting charitable and humanitarian initiatives as well as promoting the principle of volunteering, in conjunction with the Year of Zayed.

Logistics company Careem also provided food collection and delivery services during Ramadan.

“Careem collected a total of 377 food packets from the public and delivered it to the nearest UAE Food Bank fridges distributed around Dubai, in accordance with the specific health and safety standards and requirements,” said Al Awadhi.

“During the month of Ramadan, UAE Food Bank also supported the “Your Suhour is our Responsibility” initiative launched by the Community Development Authority in Dubai through the distribution of 500 suhour meals daily among workers at Abdul Rahim Bin Ketit Mosque in Al Quoz, Dubai after Taraweeh prayers,” he added.