UAE delivers vital food aid to Palestine

5 SEPTEMBER 2021: The UAE’s 100 Million Meals campaign has delivered vital food aid to more than 310,000 Palestinians.The global humanitarian drive – introduced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai to mark Ramadan – has distributed 28 million meals in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) teamed up with the United Nations World Food Programme (WPF) to ensure those in need received crucial support.

As part of the campaign, 103,000 people across the West Bank’s 11 governorates benefited from instant e-vouchers worth $2 million.The charitable schemed helped about 17,000 families to obtain food from more than 130 stores.

More than 207,385 people across Gaza Strip’s five governorates also benefited from the initiative, as food support was provided to 34,564 families for an entire month.

Sara Al Nuaimi, director at MBRGI, said organisers were able to overcome logistical challenges to ensure tens of thousands of families were fed.

“The 100 Million Meals campaign added 19 million meals for the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of meals distributed in Palestine to 28 million meals,” she said.

Mageed Yahia, WFP director in the UAE and representative to the GCC, spoke about the success of the UAE-UN alliance.The WFP has delivered critical food support to beneficiaries in Palestine and in refugee camps in Jordan and Bangladesh as part of its role in the ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign.

“The 100 Million Meals Campaign is a new chapter in the long-standing partnership between MBRGI and WFP, aimed at transforming the lives of millions of people who face food insecurity on daily basis,” he said. The WPF is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

“It showcases just how much can be achieved when public support is mobilised to combat global hunger. It also proves that together we can make a world with Zero Hunger a reality.”The 100 Million Meals campaign greatly exceeded its stated target of providing 100 million meals to 30 countries.This initiative could not come at a more pressing time. Hunger is soaring around the world – driven by conflict, climate shocks and the impact of COVID-19. Today, more than 270 million people face life-threatening levels of hunger. We are watching a catastrophe unfold before our eyes and we must all step up to fight back.”

“Once again, the extraordinary leadership and generosity of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is setting an example to the world. We are honoured to have partnered with MBRGI on this invaluable campaign. ”

Generous donations from the public helped raise enough money to pay for 216 million meals by the conclusion of the fundraising effort.

This article first appeared in The National