Dubai: Want to contribute to the One Billion Meals campaign but don’t know how? With the start of the month of Ramadan, the “One Billion Meals” was also officially launched in the United Arab Emirates. This is the largest humanitarian initiative of its kind in the region, and whether you are an individual or a business owner, there are ways you can be part of the humanitarian initiative.
Here’s everything you need to know about the campaign and how you can help.
What is the One Billion Meals Campaign?
The Billion Meals campaign is the largest food distribution campaign in the region and aims to ensure food assistance to vulnerable communities in 50 countries around the world. The campaign is an extension of the UAE’s previous Ramadan campaigns “100 million meals” and “10 million meals”, organized under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the Emirates Arabs and Ruler of Dubai.
The campaign was officially launched on Saturday April 2, which coincided with the first day of Ramadan.
On April 2, Sheikh Mohammed announced the campaign on his official Twitter account and tweeted, “Today we start the One Billion Meals campaign. The largest food drive to fight hunger in 50 countries around the world. Ramadan is a holy month where we promote empathy and solidarity with people in need. A billion messages of hope from the United Arab Emirates to the world.
Donate food parcels
Previously, the campaign has donated food boxes and vouchers to refugees and displaced people from natural disasters and crises. Food parcels are currently being distributed to beneficiaries in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme, the Regional Food Bank Network (FBRN), the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charitable Establishment (MBRCH) and other humanitarian countries. Through the campaign, contributors can donate a meal for Dh1.
How to make a donation ?
You can donate food parcels through the campaign using the following platforms:
1. Online via www.1billionmeals.ae/en
2. Via SMS with Etisalat or
3. By bank transfer
4. Through the call center – 8009999.
Individuals or organizations have the option of making a one-time donation or through a monthly subscription.
1. Visit www.1billionmeals.ae/en
2. You will have the option of making a monthly or one-time donation.
3. To make a monthly donation:
4. a. choose the amount you want to donate each month. You can choose between 30 Dh per month and 500 Dh per month.
5.b. Click Subscribe.
6. c. Fill in the following information
· Credit card number, expiry date and CVC (Card Verification Code) – the three-letter numeric code of which can be found on the back of your card.
· Name on the card
Country or region
D. Click on ‘Save my information for a secure payment in 1 click’
e. Click Subscribe.
F. After that, you will receive an email confirming your donation
To donate once:
a. Select the “Make a one-time donation” tab on the home page.
b. Type in the amount you wish to donate.
vs. Enter your email address and phone number.
D. Click on ‘Donate by debit/credit card’
e. Select the payment method, either by credit card, online banking or Noqodi. Noqodi is an application and a platform that allows you to send or receive money.
F. Fill in your details.
g. Click on pay and fill in your credit card number, expiry date and CVC number. If you choose “Net Banking”, fill in your bank account information. If you selected ‘Noqodi’ – enter your Noqodi account information.
h. Click on ‘Pay’.
You will receive a notification confirming your donation via SMS and email.
Make a donation by SMS
The SMS option allows you to donate 1 Dh per day for 30 days. To subscribe to the option, you must send the word ‘Meal‘ for:
· 1110 if you use a Etisalat phone number.
· 1020 if you use a from phone number.
Make a donation via the call center
For large monetary donations and related inquiries, you can call 800 9999.
Donate by bank transfer
If you wish to make a bank transfer, you can do so by entering the following information
· Beneficiary: MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM GLOBAL INITIATIVES Account no. 2
Beneficiary Bank: Emirates NBD
Beneficiary bank address: Emirates Towers, Dubai, UAE
Swift Code: EBILAEAD
Account number: 1015333439802
IBAN number: AE300260001015333439802
Organizations collaborating with ‘One Billion Meals’
The campaign is implemented by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment (MBRCH), Food Banking Regional Network (FBRN), United Nations World Food Program United Nations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and a number of organizations in the United Arab Emirates and in the targeted countries.