Jordan: The “Billion Meals” initiative, the region’s largest campaign to provide food support in 50 countries across four continents, has completed the distribution of 3.6 million meals in refugee camps in Jordan in the form of smart vouchers in cooperation and coordination with the United Nations World Food Program, which handled the logistics of the distribution.
The “Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives”, the organizer of the “Billion Meals” initiative, in cooperation with the World Food Program, reached food support to the widest segment of beneficiaries and target groups in refugee camps in Jordan through instant smart ration vouchers that provide a food safety net. Essential to them.
The smart voucher formula, which benefited about 40,109 people in Jordan, is based on a unique identification code that each beneficiary receives on his phone, which enables him to obtain food directly from the stores and centres approved by the World Food Program in the local communities covered by the initiative.
In this context, Sarah Al Nuaimi, Director of the Office of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, said:
“Our success in directly reaching the beneficiaries of the “One Billion Meals” initiative for individuals and families in refugee camps in Jordan embodies a distinguished model of cooperation with international partners since the launch of the initiative, which was able to be an effective contributor to the efforts of the international response to humanitarian challenges, such as the challenge of hunger and malnutrition, which threatens the lives of 828 million people around the world, in an effective solidarity action that comes in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai God” and the values of the people of the UAE to extend a hand of goodness to everyone in need wherever he is in the world.
She added that the completion of the distribution process and direct access to the beneficiaries reflects the success of cooperation and coordination between the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and the United Nations World Food Program, which is reflected in the completion of the distribution of more than 3.6 million meals in refugee camps in Jordan in the form of instant electronic vouchers at record speed.
Al Nuaimi noted the active role of the UAE society in supporting the humanitarian goals of the “One Billion Meals” initiative, which confirms the rootedness of the moral responsibility enjoyed by the Emirati society, and the culture of extending a helping hand to others and contributing to work and humanity on the country’s land and abroad.
For his part, Majid Yahya, Director of the World Food Program office in the UAE and representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council states, said, “The “One Billion Meals” initiative, organized by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, is the largest of its kind in the region, and contributes to providing food and fighting hunger in fifty countries around the world. The world and we at the World Food Program continue our partnership with it for the second year in a row to distribute food support to those who deserve it in a number of countries covered by the humanitarian initiative.”
He praised the distinguished cooperation and extended partnership between the World Food Program and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives for their success in completing the distribution of all the allocated instant smart vouchers and their direct access to the beneficiaries in the refugee camps in Jordan.
He added, “This initiative is a valuable example of the concerted field and logistical efforts of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global initiatives with the operations of international organizations and regional institutions cooperating to address the crisis of hunger and malnutrition.” The programme calls on other regional and global organizations to adopt such successful cooperation that ensures more impactful support to beneficiaries who need it most.
He stressed that the “Billion Meals” campaign helped the World Food Program to continue providing food support and reaching the neediest groups in the world, especially women, children, refugees and displaced persons.
He said: “The “Billion Meals” initiative is a positive humanitarian imprint that has affected and continues to affect the lives of the most affected individuals and communities, and we are pleased with this qualitative partnership and what it has achieved to this day.”
The “One Billion Meals” initiative, organized by the “Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives”, involved all the activities and segments of the UAE society in its charitable and humanitarian goals and in the societal contribution in providing support and food security to the neediest groups.
The One Billion Meals initiative came within the axis of humanitarian and relief aid, which is one of the five main axes that form the pillars of the work of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.
The series of food aid initiatives from the Foundation began in the blessed month of Ramadan 2020 with the “10 Million Meals” campaign, which was a direct response to the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic on vulnerable and low-income groups, and was followed by the “100 Million Meals” campaign during Ramadan 2021, which in turn set a record By more than doubling its goal and reaching 220 million meals, the current “Billion Meals” initiative crowns these efforts and provides a food safety net for the needy in 50 countries on four continents.