With so many hungry beings on streets around the world, food waste is an inexcusable problem.
So maybe restaurant and shop owners, chefs and locals alike should take a leaf out of Jamal Al Breiki of Dubai’s book…
Brunch for strays
Instead of throwing away the leftover brunch from Dubai’s numerous lavish hotels, Jamal has decided he’s going to feed as much as he can to the city’s stray cats and dogs.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel was the first to support the move. During a trial run on Friday, their kitchen donated all their leftovers. The food was then minced and distributed to stray animals.
“They were on board straight away,” said Jamal, to The National.
“It only started last Friday but there has already been interest from three other hotels,”
Tackling two issues in one
There has been growing concern about the vast amount of food wastage leftover from Dubai’s extensive brunches.
While some have made the move to a la carte menus in a bid to lessen their waste, there are hopes that more organisations will be on board with Jamal’s idea.
“My business partner and I collected the food, minced it and delivered it directly to the strays,”
“We had to make sure the food didn’t contain any bones, sauces or other ingredients that would be harmful to the animals.”
“If only 10 brunches joined together we could potentially gather one tonne of food that could be distributed to stray animals,” he said.
“Think about how much food that is. It is a shame to see that amount of food being wasted.”
Jamal, who has four rescue pets himself, is now working with Animal Action UAE in hopes of expanding the scheme and helping as many stray animals as possible.
Good luck, Jamal!