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Massive food waste seen at Ramadan iftars in Saudi Arabia

Massive food waste seen at Ramadan iftars in Saudi Arabia

A few minutes before the Maghreb (dusk) prayer every day in Ramadan, many good-doers prepare iftar (fast-breaking) meals and invite fellow Muslims to join them. Almost all mosques Kingdom-wide have such meals for fasting people who come for prayer.

Some people believe so much food is wasted at these mass iftars while others dismiss such apprehensions and call for organizing even bigger iftar projects.

The total amount of money spent on mass iftars around the Kingdom that are attended mainly by low-income expatriate workers could run into hundreds of millions or even billions of riyals.

Journalist Ayman Al-Ghabawee said one iftar meal costs a minimum of SR10. If a city has 150,000 people who join these parties, the cost of providing them the meals will hit SR1.5 million a day or SR45 million the whole month, said Al-Ghabawee.

“We have poor and sick people who are in dire need of help. Why don’t we divert the hundreds of millions of riyals that go into mass iftar projects for their benefit? These millions can also be used to pay for the treatment of chronic kidney failure patients or to widows and divorced women,”.

He said the money should go to charity organizations and other foundations in the Kingdom.

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Subaihi, a Saudi said some wealthy people tend to spend large amounts of money on mass iftar events to show off their generosity. They do not care how much food is wasted nor are they aware of how these events are organized.

“Instead of organizing massive iftar parties, benevolent people can hold small iftar events where only dates and water are served. The money can be used to help the poor and needy in society or train Saudi youth and increase their chances of landing a job with a decent salary,” he said.

Muhammad Al-Obaid, a Saudi, said charity organizations are supposed to lay down rules for organizing mass iftars. Instead of holding mass events where large amounts of food are wasted, they can issue food coupons that the needy expatriate worker can use at a certain restaurant.

“It seems that we have forgotten about the needy families and those whose husbands have been imprisoned as well as families of martyrs. They are the ones who need our support the most,” he added.

source : hawzahnews
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