MUSCAT: Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, has once again teamed up with a group of Muscat’s most prominent hotels to mark World Food Day, celebrated annually on 16th October. In keeping with the United Nations’ #ZeroHunger and healthy eating theme, the resort’s Ladies and Gentlemen joined over 180 members from Al Husn Resort & Spa and Shangri-la Barr Al Jissa Resort & Spa, The Chedi, Grand Hyatt, Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Sheraton Oman Hotel, Sundus Rotana Muscat, and W Muscat in a food cart race at LuLu Hypermarket in Darsait this morning.
With a total fund-raising from all hotels divided equally, the teams raced through the store to fill their carts with as much food as possible in 10 minutes. 240 boxes were then packed and donated to Dar Al Atta’a Charity Association, which caters to underprivileged families in the Sultanate. In its third annual edition this year, the teams managed to raise a grand total of OMR 6,092 which was completed by a donation of OMR 200 from Lulu Hypermarket.
Encouraging the spirit of giving, the initiative demonstrated the influential role the hospitality industry has in highlighting important issues like food waste and the environmental impact. Putting a fun spin on a very important topic, World Food Day provides the impetus to join in the bigger picture.
World Food Day commemorates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1945. One of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar, hundreds of events and outreach activities bring together governments, businesses, NGOs, the media, and general public to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all.