ACTNews, JAKARTA – In 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic still have not receded. As a result, the community’s movements and activities have been limited to reduce the transmission of the disease. Due to these restrictions, many people have not been able to make a proper living to make ends meet. To help fulfill the basic needs of the community, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) reactivated the Humanity Careline (HCL) free food delivery service on Monday (1/11/2021) with the tagline "Helping More Widely, Bringing More Happiness".
The relaunching of the Humanity Care Line confirms that the problem of hunger and poverty is a prevalent problem. Since its launch in early 2020, the Humanity Care Line has served more than 1.6 million people, 257,000 families spread across 13 municipalities and regencies, involving more than 50,000 online motorcycle taxis. This program exists as a free food delivery service for people affected by the pandemic and social restrictions. In addition, this program also involves volunteers from Humanity Bikers and employees who have been laid off to expand the benefits of this program. At the beginning of 2021, there will be 5,000 Humanity Bikers volunteers involved the staple food delivery.
Ibnu Khajar, President of Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), said that the current condition of the community is still very difficult because of the pandemic. “We reactivate Free Food Operation and Humanity Care Line as a solution, a program to respond and serve the people of Indonesia, especially by fulfilling the primary food need. 2021 is a year when we should be optimistic, but what we need to know is that many of the poor are still struggling especially in the middle of the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB), where the need for food is getting even higher,” he said.
Humanity Care Line is one of ACT's flagship programs as a derivative of Free Food Operation. In delivering the staple food packages, ACT involves online motorcycle taxis to avoid crowds and to expand the scope of the beneficiaries. The rice packages will be directly sent to their homes. In addition, the care line will also be open for 24 hours. In addition, Ibnu added, this program will be activated simultaneously in 61 ACT Branches.
ACT Executive Vice President Insan Nurrochman emphasized the urgency of the reactivation of Humanity Care Line. “At the beginning of this year, we are endeavoring to provide assistance to 1,000 beneficiaries every day in Jabodetabek first, and then in various other areas. Over the past year, the pandemic has directly affected the health system in this country. However, apart from its impact on health system, the pandemic also direly affects the economy. There are 29 thousand people who have been laid off. The loss of jobs further increases poverty and hunger at Indonesia’s grass roots level. Half of MSMEs have been hampered due to the decline in people's purchasing power while MSMEs support around 60% of Indonesia's GDP. So we have to seriously pay attention to all of this," he said.
Apart from Humanity Care Line, food ACT also distributes food through the Humanity Rice Truck and Humanity Food Truck. The spirit of building this nation is also manifested by the public involvement in alleviating multidimensional problems that have arisen due to Covid-19. ACT also welcomes benefactors who want to contribute directly through ACT head office and branch offices all around Indonesia.