Qatar’s Hifz Al Naema Centre collects 90,219 surplus meals, 20,626kg fruits and vegetables in 2023

Qatar’s Hifz Al Naema Centre collects 90,219 surplus meals, 20,626kg fruits and vegetables in 2023

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By QLNews

 

One of the many problems we face in today’s developed world is the wastage of food due to different reasons. While sometimes wastage happen due to many people not turning up at a gathering, the food need not have to go unused.

The Hifz Al Naema Centre, one of the country’s largest social initiatives to reduce food waste, has collected 90,219 surplus meals, 20,626kg fruits and vegetables and 3,581 electronic appliances so far this year, thereby benefitting 48,765 people.

The centre also runs special programmes — distributing food baskets and iftar meals — during the holy month of Ramadan.

“The centre has intensified its work during the holy month of Ramadan when the number of surplus food increases due to Iftar parties and banquets. We deployed all our vehicles and employees to collect surplus foods from all over the country during Ramadan,” said Hifz Al Naema Centre’s Public Relations Officer Muhammad Yousef Al Muftah during a recent interview.

The centre reduces food waste by collecting surplus food to distribute among needy families and workers.

“Once banquet organisers inform the centre through our hotline (44355555), we dispatch vehicles to collect the surplus foods. Cooked meals will be collected, repackaged and distributed to the needy the same day. However, food commodities donated by philanthropists will be saved in the centre’s food bank to be distributed to needy families who’ve registered with us,” he said.

Last year, the Hifz Al Naema Centre collected 355,208 surplus meals and redistributed them to needy families and workers. As many as 358,870 people benefited from centre’s activities in 2022, which includes collecting surplus cooked meals, food items and in-kind contributions.

The centre, established in 2008, is a service and awareness-raising social centre that aims to optimise existing resources and capital that would have otherwise been thrown away. 

These resources, instead of being thrown into landfills, are reused to meet the needs of needy people and to educate the rich on the hazards of food waste as well as to protect the environment.

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