Dubai: Sixteen thousand food boxes are being distributed by the Emirates Foundation in partnership with FAB (First Abu Dhabi bank) and Lulu Exchange as part of their ‘Ramadan Food Aid’ campaign, which has added meaning this year as it helps those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mohanna Al Mheiri, Chief of Staff at the Emirates Foundation said: “The Emirates Foundation aims to bring together the efforts of the private and public sectors and strengthen their roles in supporting communities in the UAE amid the Covid-19 crisis.
“We highly appreciate the efforts of First Abu Dhabi Bank, Lulu Exchange, the participating community centres, and the network of volunteers who are determined to do their utmost to support those most impacted by COVID-19.
“We believe that our strong foundation as a nation is reflected in the value of giving back to the society, and that is the goal of the “#UAE_Volunteers” campaign. The campaign aims to channel voluntary efforts on a national level especially in such circumstances by involving community members to support others and provide the right opportunities to help those in need.”
Hana Al Rostamani, Deputy CEO and Group Head of Personal Banking at FAB, said: “We are humbled to be able to work with the Emirates Foundation at this special time of the year to support such a crucial humanitarian effort in our community. With so much of our daily life disrupted this Ramadan, it is more important than ever that people remain united under the present circumstances, and reach out to those that can benefit from our support the most. FAB is fully committed to finding new ways of sharing the spirit and blessings of Ramadan in these times, and we encourage everyone to do the same.”
The initiative is powered by Lulu Exchange, who is handling the packaging and allocation of these boxes hand in hand with Emirates Foundation volunteers, and handing them off to distribution networks with access to the targeted communities.
Adeeb Ahamed, managing director of LuLu Financial Group, said, “We are happy to associate with the UAE-Volunteers campaign launched by Emirates Foundation, by providing volunteering support in delivering food boxes to communities displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a responsible corporate, we have always believed in the idea of giving back to society and consider it our duty to be of service to the country during these trying times.”