Mastercard and Choithrams start something priceless: 1mln meals contributed to the World Food Programme  

The donations will be used by WFP to feed vulnerable children in the region through its School Feeding programme

Mastercard and Choithrams start something priceless: 1mln meals contributed to the World Food Programme  

Dubai: Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, and Choithrams, a leading supermarket chain in the UAE, have successfully teamed up for two joint initiatives that contributed more than one million school meals to the World Food Programme (WFP) during 2018. The donations will be used by WFP to feed vulnerable children in the region through its School Feeding programme.

In the first campaign launched during Ramadan, Choithrams customers showed their generosity when they were invited to add a donation to WFP upon checkout, with Mastercard matching all donations made using Mastercard products. In the fourth quarter of 2018, Choithrams and Mastercard joined forces again; this time, the companies collectively donated the equivalent of two to eight meals whenever a specially marked Goodness Foods product was purchased.

“At Mastercard, we understand our responsibility towards being a force for good and believe that we can leverage our global brand to create a positive impact in our communities. As part of the global commitment to 100 million school meals, these campaigns reinforced our promise to doing well by doing good while also highlighting what can be achieved when different industry players come together for the greater good. The success of the one million school meals campaign is the success of our partnerships and we thank Choithrams, the World Food Programme and the generous UAE public for helping us Start Something Priceless in the lives of those less fortunate,” said Mustapha Kassem, VP, Marketing and Communications, MENA, Mastercard.

“For children around the world, eating a nutritious school meal each day makes a world of difference. It not only fills stomachs but also helps children focus on their lessons, leading to higher attendance rates and better performance in class. School meals are an important investment for a brighter future, and we are grateful that Mastercard, Choithrams and shoppers are working together to provide their support,” said Mageed Yahia, Director of WFP UAE & Representative to the GCC, World Food Programme.

Strong examples of the power of partnership, these campaigns highlighted the spirit of generosity that prevails within the UAE community. As individuals from all walks of life came forward to make generous contributions, Choithrams and Mastercard reiterated their ongoing commitment to WFP through gift-matching and direct funding.

“We, at Choithrams, are convinced that we all have a role to play in ensuring that each and every child around the world gets the food they need to survive, learn and reach their full potential,” said L T Pagarani, Chairman, Choithrams. “Together with our partners Mastercard and WFP, we tried and built a bridge to connect Dubai residents with children who require support to study and stay healthy. We are grateful to our staff and customers for crossing that bridge once again to help deliver one million school meals to children in need.” 

 Choithrams and WFP have been strategic partners since 2015, having collaborated four times in the past on “zero hunger” campaigns in supermarket locations. A family-owned business that started in West Africa in 1943, Choithrams has a long history of philanthropy and collaborates with WFP to give back to the region where its success story began. Through direct funding and instore campaigns, Choithrams has contributed and pledged a total of US$2 million to WFP to date, helping build a world in which everyone has access to the food they need to survive and thrive. On average, it costs WFP one dirham to feed a child a nutritious meal in school. Funds have been used to support school feeding programmes in Benin and Jordan and to improve how food assistance is provided through cash-based transfers.


About Mastercard:
Mastercard (NYSE: MA),, is a technology company in the global payments industry.  Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories.  Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.  Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

Mastercard Communications Contact
Jandre Nieuwoudt 

About Choithrams:
It was over four decades ago that the first Choithrams Supermarket was established in the UAE. Since then, about 39 Choithrams are in convenient locations across the seven Emirates. With its drive for unbeatably high standard of quality and service, Choithrams has become a name synonymous with excellence in the region today. Corporate Social Responsibility is integral to our vision, where taking care of our customers, employees, partners and communities in which we serve, underlies all our activities in the region. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook 

Choithrams Communications Contact:
Kavita Chakravartty
+971 50 1470398

Nathalie Visele
+971 50 457 6525

About World Food Programme:
The United Nations World Food Programme is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development. WFP works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, and laying the foundations for a better future. To learn more about WFP, visit  Follow WFP on Twitter @WFP_MENA and Facebook @WFPMiddleEast.  

WFP Communications Contact
Zeina Habi
+971 52 4724971

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