The UAE has taken a major step in helping to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal aiming to end hunger by 2030.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced that this year, the annual 100 Million Meals initiative, which takes place every Ramadan, will now be known as the 1 Billion Meals campaign in order to provide food to people in need on a much larger scale.

Under Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) this campaign was launched to empower communities and drive positive change for humanity through an integrated food supply ecosystem.

“Today, we announce the launch of the one billion meals campaign,” His Highness said. “It starts at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and will continue until the goal is achieved.. 800 million people suffer from hunger around the world..Our humanity and religion encourage us to help others.”

Last year, the same campaign managed to surpass expectations and secure over 220 million meals that were sent across to 47 countries across four continents, including Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Nepal and many more.

Per WAM, reports state that hunger claims a child’s life every 10 seconds, while 25,000 people die of hunger daily, of which 10,000 are children. With such a grave situation, the country’s unwavering efforts continue to fight poverty through every aspect.

With the UAE continuing to extend a helping hand, this thoughtful campaign continues to deliver humanitarian support to the less fortunate, making it one of the biggest food drives in the region.

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