Dubai: No one in the UAE will go hungry due to the coronavirus, said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, following the launch of "10 million meals" on Sunday.
The nation’s biggest food distribution drive to support low-income families and individuals affected by the coronavirus pandemic, was launched under the directives of Sheikh Mohammed and his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Food Bank.
Sheikh Mohammed annouced in a tweet saying: "Today we directed the launch of a campaign to provide '10 million meals' or equivalent food parcels during the holy month for individuals and needy families."
He added: "The campaign will be under the supervision of Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum. She is the closest and noblest to care for this humanitarian campaign in these exceptional times."
Sheikh Mohammed said, “the ‘10 million meals’ campaign aims to reinforce social solidarity and cohesion in the UAE to enable us to emerge from the global crisis stronger.” He added, “The public, private and humanitarian sectors are united today to empower our people to overcome the global crisis without leaving anyone behind.”
He noted: “Crises reveal the true values of people, entities and societies. The ongoing crisis has revealed our country’s authenticity and deeply-rooted spirit of giving.”
"Feeding food, especially when we are at the gates of the holy month, is a human and social priority imposed by the circumstances the world is going through, the biggest crisis the world is going through."
Sheikh Mohammed reassured residents of the UAE that no one on the land of UAE will ever go hungry.
"A crisis that showed the authenticity of our country and the spirit of our society. No one will get sick, and no one will be in need, and no one will starve in UAE without everyone caring and helping out."
Extending appreciation, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, said “Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s directives to launch the campaign reflects part of his long and ongoing inspirational humanitarian journey.”
She added, “The ’10 million meals’ campaign serves a noble cause that captures our society’s authenticity and humanity, especially in times of crisis.”
She reaffirmed, “The UAE has demonstrated resilience and generosity during crises. Feeding the hungry throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan allows us to practice compassion and kindness in this blessed month to overcome exceptional times united in peace.”
How you can be a part of the campaign
Interested donors can visit www.10millionmeals.ae to make a purchase of a preferred number of meals to be distributed to disadvantaged individuals and families.
Corporates and individuals can also send donations through SMS (Etisalat and Du) to numbers listed on the website or deposit the preferred amount to Dubai Islamic Bank with account number AE430240001580857000001.
Packaged or canned food can be donated
People also have the chance to donate packaged or canned food supplies or arrange food parcels for distribution through directly contacting the campaign’s organising team on the free toll number 8004006.