AMMAN (Reuters) – At the top of a lavish Ramadan buffet within the banquet corridor of one among Amman’s five-star resorts, a younger Jordanian charity employee rushes to collect up left-over meals that his crew of volunteers will package deal and redistribute to needy households.
Bandar Sharif started his ‘Family Kitchen’ initiative 10 years in the past, angered by the quantity of meals thrown away by resorts throughout the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, historically a interval when consumption ranges double throughout the area.
“What we do is eliminate this waste, we salvage the food and provide it to people who are in desperate need of it,” stated Sharif, a 33-year-old trainer.
His crew of volunteers now works all 12 months spherical to accumulate undesirable meals from giant marriage ceremony events, bakeries and eating places.
This 12 months the initiative has centered on the Palestinian refugee camp of Baqaa, one of many depressed areas in a rustic that has seen a number of the greatest protests in years this month over steep worth hikes, that are backed by the International Monetary Fund.
Critics say the worth hikes are to blame for rising poverty in Jordan.
Family Kitchen’s initiative this 12 months gives ‘iftar’ meals – eaten by Muslims after sundown throughout the holy month of Ramadan – to 500 households within the impoverished refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman.
A 3rd of the camp’s 120,000 residents have an revenue under the nationwide poverty line and round 17 p.c are unemployed, the U.N refugee physique says.
“Our families are very poor, there is a lot of poverty in the community, so they need this support, they need these meals in order to ensure that they have food the next day,” stated Kifah Khamis, who runs a charity within the sprawling camp.
One camp resident, Um Thair, a mom of 4, stated she couldn’t have coped with out the meals delivered to her household.
“I was able to save money. During Ramadan I didn’t have to buy a lot of food or shop a lot, we got most of our meals from the charity, we would come everyday and get our iftar meal,” she stated.
Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Gareth Jones