ACTNews, JAKARTA – Through Free Food Operation, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) endeavors to be able to provide as much food aid as possible to communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. From urban areas to remote rural areas, ACT carries out the mandate of the donors by delivering at least one thousand tons of food packages.
Such a tremendous effort needs support from various partners because ACT can’t do it alone. On Wednesday (28/7/2021), ACT took the Humanity Food Bus and went to the Marine Command Headquarters in Cilandak to establish a partnership with the marines to increase aid distribution.
A total of 1,500 servings of ready-to-eat food cooked in the Humanity Food Bus were distributed to underprivileged communities in Cilandak by ACT and the Indonesian Marine Corps in the morning and at noon.
“In the morning, we distributed 700 meal packages for breakfast. Later, we will distribute 800 portions at lunchtime,” said Muhammad Hoiruddin of ACT’s Program Department..
These meal packages were distributed not only to the local Cilandak residents but also to small traders within the vicinity. Walim, a grass jelly drink seller who was one of the recipients, was very grateful for the meal he received. Since the pandemic broke out in Indonesia, his income has fallen to IDR 50,000 per day.
"Alhamdulillah, thank you for the lunch. I don't have to spend money to buy lunch. I can save money. Things have been difficult," said Walim while holding the meal package.
The Indonesian Marine Corps is among one of ACT’s most frequent partners. In mid-July, ACT and the Marine Corps worked together to distribute 5 tons of free rice and 250 boxes of Waqf Drinking Water.