Health For AllFight Food Waste This Ramadan: Majid Al Futtaim Expands 'Feed the Future'

Fight Food Waste This Ramadan: Majid Al Futtaim Expands ‘Feed the Future’

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Dubai, UAE- March 2024- Majid Al Futtaim has announced the expansion of its pioneering food rescue programme ‘Feed the Future’ for Ramadan. The programme will leverage brands across its business to reduce food waste and manage surplus and comes as part of the organisation’s efforts to bolster food security in the region.

Teaming up with the technology platform Replate, restaurant partners at Majid Al Futtaim shopping malls, along with other brands such as VOX Cinemas and Crate and Barrel, we will be able to schedule and manage surplus food donations throughout the month. This initiative facilitates pickups through coordination with the UAE Food Bank, ensuring contributions reach charitable organisations and groups, including workers in communal housing and families across the UAE.

Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing Director, of the UAE Shopping Malls, at Majid Al Futtaim Properties: “We are pleased to partner with the UAE Food Bank and Replate to combat food waste this Ramadan. This initiative aims to minimise waste, and distribute food surplus to beneficiaries nationwide, while reinforcing our commitment to becoming Net Positive by 2040, and aligning with the UAE’s values of generosity and benevolence. We urge all F&B outlets to join us in this cause during the Holy Month, to contribute to food security, and a sustainable future for all.”

Commenting on the occasion, Hachem Mahfoud, Strategy & Partnerships at Replate, said: “Our partnership with Majid Al Futtaim on the Feed the Future initiative pioneered by Majid Al Futtaim Shopping Malls has been nothing short of progressive. We have been working closely with them and the UAE Food Bank to innovate the food rescue model and implement this group-wide initiative at Majid Al Futtaim.”

Initially, Majid Al Futtaim launched ‘Feed the Future’ as a pilot project at flagship Mall of the Emirates, aligning with its commitment to a sustainable future and reducing carbon emissions across its malls. The two-month pilot produced outstanding results: it recovered over 2,000 meals daily, saved 15kg of food daily, conserved 2.28 million litres of water, and diverted 2,050kg of CO2 from the environment.

Also Read: Is Your Suhoor Safe? Qatar Steps Up Food Safety During Ramadan

The Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence estimates that the UAE wastes around 38% of the food prepared daily, with this figure increasing significantly during Ramadan. The decomposition process of the food also emits methane – which is 25 times more damaging than CO2. In addition, the UAE imports 90 per cent of food, and food security is a key pillar of the UAE’s future vision.

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