ACT’s Automated Rice Dispenser First Launched at Said Naum Mosque

After a trial last week, the Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s Automated Rice Dispenser was first operated at Said Naum Mosque in Kebon Kacang Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. Dozens of poor and low-income residents living around the Said Naum Mosque benefitted from the rice distribution.

Residents of Kebon Kacang Village (right) assisted by the Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) volunteers to collect rice from ACT’s Automated Rice Dispenser at Said Naum Mosque, Kebon Kacang, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, Thursday (7/30). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – The Automated Rice Dispenser that is able to hold up to 250 kilograms of rice is now present for underprivileged people in the center of Jakarta. After a trial last week at Gunung Sindur Waqf Distribution Center, the Automated Rice Dispenser was installed at Said Naum Mosque, Kebon Kacang Village, Tanah Abang Subdistrict, Central Jakarta, Thursday (7/30). Dozens of residents living in Kebon Kacang benefitted from the rice distribution.

ACT Central Jakarta Branch Manager Rimanda Putra explained that the procurement of an Automated Rice Dispenser was a response to the economic downturn faced by the poor families during the Covid-19 pandemic. "Every month, impoverished families living around the Said Naum mosque can get free rice from the Automated Rice Dispenser," Rimanda explained.

To get the rice, the locals were given RFID tap cards namely the Waqf Cards. Using the cards, each beneficiary will get five kilograms of rice at once. Every month, the ACT program team will fill the Automated Rice Dispenser according to the number of beneficiaries. The rice used in this program is supplied by the Waqf Rice Barns under Global Wakaf - ACT. In the future, besides rice, the beneficiaries will also get a box of Waqf Drinking Water.

"We want to reach more beneficiaries. Therefore, more rice is needed. We hope that your generous support will help us in this endeavor," said Rimanda.

A member of Said Naum Mosque Board Supardi explained, the rice distribution during launching of ACT’s Automated Rice Dispenser was prioritized for underprivileged residents in RW 11, RW 8, and RW 5 in Kebon Kacang Village. They are guardians of orphans and widows who live alone in the flat.

"Insha Allah, for the next month, more impoverished residents in the Kebon Kacang Urban Village will be able to enjoy the rice from ACT’s Automated Rice Dispenser," Supardi said. According to the Said Naum Mosque Board, there are 400 impoverished residents in Kebon Kacang Urban Village, including orphans. He also hoped that ACT’s Automated Rice Dispenser can be used by more and more people in need around Said Naum mosque.

"The presence of the Automated Rice Dispenser brings convenient to the underprivileged communities around here to meet their daily needs. We are also thankful to ACT and the donors because this is not the only time the Said Naum Mosque Board and ACT work together on social programs," Supardi continued.

Waqf Rice for Eid Al-Adha

Khadijah (72) a resident of the flat in Tanah Abang received rice from the Automated Rice Dispenser which operated for the first time, Thursday (7/30). The mother of four children who now lives alone admitted that she was very happy to get additional rice from the ACT’s Automated Rice Dispenser. The woman from Banjarmasin claimed she would cook rice that she obtained from the Automated Rice Dispenser to be distributed to security officers around the flats.

"Alhamdulillah for the additional rice. I want to cook some rice to be distributed to security guards. I live alone, so I want to share. I am not a rich person, but I want to share even though it’s from the rice that people gave me, "said Khadijah who has a habit of giving free meals to the security officers of the flat every Friday. Incidentally, this Friday falls on the day of Eid Al-Adha.

Since 1981, she has lived in the flat. Khadijah admitted that this is the only time there is an Automated Rice Dispenser program. She was also grateful that more and more philanthropists care about the lives of underprivileged people in the middle of the capital city. "May you all be blessed with sustenance and good health," she prayed.

Kamalah (50), a mother of two orphans who are still in elementary school, was also grateful for the free rice. She did not expect that before Eid Al-Adha, her family would receive free rice assistance from ACT’s Automated Rice Dispenser. "I was cooking ketupat at home. Insha Allah, this rice can be used to make some more rice,” said the woman who lives on Jalan Kebon Kacang 44.

Kamalah who relies on the assistance from the mosque every month for her children’s education also prayed for the generous donors who have initiated this program. "May Allah continue to bless you," she prayed.

Earlier, Tuesday (7/28), two Automated Rice Dispensers with the capacity of 200 and 500 kilograms respectively were delivered to ACT’s Waqf Distribution Center. The Automated Rice Dispensers will be installed in a number of mosques in Jakarta to meet the food needs of the underprivileged residents. The Automated Rice Dispenser is part of the Gerakan Nasional Lumbung Sedekah Pangan. This movement invites people to take part in caring for others in the midst of the “New Normal”. []