Keeping up with its tradition to help the needy, MPCL held an Iftar dinner at Jaffar Chowk, Meharabadi, Islamabad for five hundred people which was attended by Dr. Murtaza Mughal, Pakistan Economy Watch, as Chief Guest and Brig. (retd)Aslam Khan, Chairman Pakistan Economy Watch.
The guests were impressed with the immaculate execution of the distribution process and said that this Mari Mobile Dastarkhawan has become a symbol of hope for the deserving members of the society who are now being provided with fresh food on a daily basis.
Mari Mobile Dastarkhwan’ is a collaborative effort between Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) and Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) to distribute cooked meals to needy people at various locations in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, through a custom-branded meal truck. CDRS is headed by a world-renowned humanitarian – Mr. Todd Shea.
Food distribution locations initially identified by CDRS include Taramari Chowk, Mehrabadi Community (Peripheral to F-11 Sector, Islamabad), and Faizabad.
Mobile meals truck will deliver food two times a day, providing a hearty cooked breakfast and dinner to the needy people i.e., daily wage laborers, street children, and people who are in search of employment away from their villages, as well as those residing at “Panah Gah.”
Through this 1-year pilot project, 213,000 people will be provided with quality cooked food annually (600 people per day or 300 people each meal).
Usman Aslam, CRS Specialist of Mari Petroleum, one of the largest petroleum exploration and production companies in Pakistan, informed that the project will serve iftar & dinner to 500 needy people per day during the month of Ramadan.
Additionally, 400 food packs will also be distributed to the deserving families at a cost of Rs2735 per pack.
Upon successful completion of the pilot project, it will be scaled up or replicated in other parts of the country including MPCL operational areas.