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University of Houston Clear Lake and Qatar Charity partnered to reduce students food insecurity

Marisol Gallagher

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HOUSTON, TX — The Houston-Clear Lake Diplomacy Institute and Qatar Charity have an agreement to help and ensure that food insecurity is not part of the student’s challenges in their educational journey.

On June 15, Ira K. Blake, the University of Houston Clear Lake president, and Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Kuwari CEO of Qatar Charity’s has signed an agreement for The Qatar Charity Food Equity Initiative.

Al-Kuwari, alongside Director of the CEO Office Khalid Aunallah, and Emergency and Relief Director Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, attended by signing event live from Doha, Qatar via Zoom

He stated that since the beginning of March, students were affected during the start of the pandemic and that a third of all college students had experienced a form of food insecurity. Working alongside UH-Clear Lake, Qatar Food Equality Initiatives aims to raise more support and fund to help students access healthy foods.

Ira K. Blake had said that UHCL was given an opportunity to help enable the university and system to take effective action to reduce food insecurity and deliver healthy food to those who needed it.

“I’m honored and proud to announce the Qatar Charity Food Equity Initiative in your presence today. Today, in line with our vision of dignity for all, we are proud to work with UH-Clear Lake to bring relief to students who are food insecure,” said Al-Kuwari.

Blake had stated, “Through the work of UHCL’s Diplomacy Institute, led by Dr. Gigi Do and our UH System partners, we make this pledge to you...we will deliver food to those in need. We will deliver on our commitment to honor this agreement, and we will deliver on our shared commitment to humanity.”

For more information about UHCL’s Diplomacy Institute, visit https://www.uhcl.edu/diplomacy-institute/index.aspx.

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