The Food Bank

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“Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

Desmond Tutu

Poverty has become a growing culture in the society we live in. We may not see the suffering of unjust world, where murderous poverty has opened its jaw, where poor children are wandering without shoes, and where basic human needs like food have become a luxury, but it is there, staring us in the face at every corner.

The Lebanese Food Bank, the brainchild of Mr. Kamal Sinno, is a non-profit organization established end of 2011 by a group of Lebanese businessmen to eliminate hunger in all Lebanon by establishing partnerships and cooperation with credible and potential partners in all sectors. Their vision for 2020 is for Lebanon to be free from hunger by developing effective feeding, development, and awareness programs.

The Lebanese food bank is a centralized food collection and distribution facility that provides food and household products to agencies serving people and to individuals. Developing partnerships with growers, processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and restaurants, they encourage them to donate, not dump. Local individuals, businesses, catering companies, and civic organizations also donate non-perishable food and household products. The Food Bank transports donated food and household products from local donors affiliated with them to their warehouse in refrigerated trucks and distribute them to orphanage, nursing homes and NGOs in the most hygienic way. That kind of efficiency can only come from the central distribution model in which money is leveraged to acquire, transport, sort, package, store and distribute donated food.

In addition to providing emergency food assistance, The Lebanese Food Bank is also committed to developing long-term solutions to hunger by  developing programs like, “Bab El Rizkah,”  that aims to turn the needy into an active and productive element in society through rehabilitation, education and training, job placement assistance.

Feeding the needy unable to work like the elderly people, disabled, people with chronic diseases, single mothers, and orphans, they stay true to their core principle that every person has a fundamental right to have their basic food for life, regardless of geography, political, or religious belief.

Their feeding programs are divided in different ways. They distribute dry food parcels through NGOs all over Lebanon like: Rice, Sugar, Pasta, Beans, Bourghol, Lentils, Hommous, Salt, Tea, Tomato Paste, Cooking Oil, Halawa. Their “Mūneh” plan (dry food) is planned for individuals or small and medium companies who want to help in the monthly feeding of a family or a number families for 12 months or more. The “Hunger-free Village/District” is sponsored by multinational or local companies to help feed a whole district or village by distributing dry food boxes with the aid of volunteers from schools and universities.

Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice. It has so many implications on the society we live in and the way we consciously decide to conduct our lives. The man that feeds the poor, clothes the enfeebled or shelters the disadvantaged is doing the biggest deed to his society, whether he truly understands its impact or not. As Randolph L Wilson once said “For his good works came from love and kindness, divine works directed from a precious, caring heart …”

The Lebanese Food Bank is the only lamp in the darkness of hunger and hopelessness. Sometimes life can be harsh and one must live this life just to survive. The Lebanese Food Bank not only provides food, but a humanitarian shelter and a family for those that life has unkindly cast aside, for the weakest denominators of our society, yet the kindest of hearts and most grateful of souls. This inspirational group of people led single handedly by the passion of Kamal Sinno, proves that the greatness of humanity is not in the wealth it acquires but in its integrity and its ability to affect those around it positively. As prophet Mohammad said, “A man’s true wealth is measured by the good he does in this world.” And there is no humbler endeavor then feeding the poor graciously.

to watch an interview with Mr. Sinno: https://www.facebook.com/dania.sinnochahine?fref=ts

to help or donate: http://lebanesefoodbank.com/en/

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The many partners that share their vision: Boeker, Joue Club, Coca-Cola, Blom Bnak, Bnak Med, Al Fozan Social Foundation, ClinServ, Kahale Digital Printing, Le Bristol Hotel, HSBC, Karma Lebanon, Le Patio Hotel, Dar al-Handassa, Virgin Megastore, F.E.R.N, Magnolia Bakery, Holdal Abou Adal Group, Antoine Masssoud, Abela Delices, Wooden Bakery, Batchig, Crowne Plaza Beirut, Badri and Salim el Meouchi Law Firm, Hospitality Lumen Consultants.

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