The new digital and social media to discover Arabia and the Middle East. Offbeat. Innovative.

Coronavirus: Meat for the Needy in Mecca

As a consequence to the various preventive measures adopted to deal with Covid-19 in Saudi Arabia, many people find themselves isolated, without any resources. This is why solidarity initiatives must be developed, such as one in Mecca, where the governor has set up a food back, collecting and distributing meat to those in need.

It was thanks to the initiative of Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, governor of Mecca, the holy city of Islam, that the project came to fruition. According to reports from the Saudi Press Agency, the national news agency, the campaign aims to feed the city’s most isolated and underprivileged populations. Managed by the Islamic Development Bank Group, the project also involves the organization usually in charge of animal sacrifices during Hajj. So far, no less than 15,000 carcasses have been gathered, the equivalent of 150,000 kilos of meat.

 

 

The food is distributed with the help of charitable organizations, neighborhood associations and charitable donation centers, helping those who, as a result of confinement measures and curfews, find themselves without resources. 

 

Distribution is made directly to the families while also making its way into food baskets that are provided to charitable foundations to make daily cooked meals for the neediest families. Some endowments procure over 2,000 meals per day.