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Will Qatar Airways donate up to 300kg of surplus food daily?

Qatar Airways is proving to be most powerful tool the state of Qatar is using to establish its economic as well as soft power. After being declared the best airline line, it is on its way to adopt innovative ways to enhance its capacity to influence people around the globe.

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In an interesting move, Qatar Airways’ in-flight catering arm has said it plans to donate as much as 300kg of surplus food and beverages every day to “good causes” in its home country Qatar.

Qatar Aircraft Catering Company (QACC) is collaborating with Qatari food bank Hifz Al Naema to redistribute the items such as whole fruits, cereals, yoghurt, chocolates and soft drinks.

Established in 2008 as the first food bank in the country, Hifz Al Naema began with collecting surplus food from festivals, weddings and hotels and has since expanded to collecting and distributing surplus clothing, furniture, electronic devices and other appliances.

“At QACC, we are continuously looking at ways to reduce waste and ensure an optimal food and beverage service to all our clients. This partnership ensures any unserved meals or unopened items will be redistributed to support those in need in our local community and reduce wastage at landfills,” said QACC senior vice president, Michael Winner.

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QACC prepares an average of 175,000 meals and 60 international cuisines per day in its kitchen and bakery from Hamad International Airport, according to Qatar Airways.

Since its establishment in 2008, Hifz Al Naema has distributed more three million meals to people in need. Hifz Al Naema partners and collaborates with organisations and institutions across Qatar including hotels, private events, and restaurants.

Launched in August 2002, QACC is the sole catering company exclusively providing in-flight catering for Qatar Airways, international airlines, hub lounges, Amiri and ad hoc VVIP flights at Hamad International Airport (HIA). At 69,000 square metres, the airline said QACC is one of the world’s largest self-contained catering facilities.

A delegation from Qatar Charity, many social activists, and numerous social media influencers participated in sending 6 trucks loaded with winter supplies to be distributed to Syrian refugees and low-income Jordanian families

QC launched Winter Campaign on Humanitarian grounds

It is worth noting that recently Qatar Charity (QC) launched the 2019-2020 winter campaign entitled Warmth and Peace from Syrian and Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan to help refugees, the displaced, and the needy in 17 countries, at a total cost of nearly 75 million Qatari Riyals. The winter campaign, which kicked off under the slogan “Give Warmth” is expected to provide 500,000 people with food, shelter and heating materials, reported ReliefWeb.

The campaign was launched in the presence of H.E Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, Ambassador of Qatar to Jordan and Mr. Ayman Al Mufleh, Secretary-General of the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO).

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A delegation from Qatar Charity, many social activists, and numerous social media influencers participated in sending 6 trucks loaded with winter supplies to be distributed to Syrian refugees and low-income Jordanian families in the Amman governorate, and Palestinian refugees in Talbieh camp in Madaba governorate in southern Jordan, benefiting 1600 people.

Given the difficult situation of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and those in need in countries experiencing extreme cold, he urged benefactors and philanthropists throughout the world to support the campaign to deliver assistance to the targeted people and ease their hardship.

Khalid Al-Yafei, director of Financial Sustainability Projects Office at Qatar Charity, expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Jordanian authorities for providing all the necessary facilities for the distribution of aid, and the media persons and social media influencers for their remarkable efforts in providing media coverage for the launch of the campaign, shedding light on its roles and highlighting the needs of refugees and those in need.

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