ACT’s Automated Rice Dispensers Fulfill Community’s Need for Food During Pandemic

Responding to the weakening economy caused by COVID-19 pandemic, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) initiates the National Food Alms Movement. One of the manifestations of this movement is the installation of ACT’s Automated Rice Dispensers in mosques to provide free waqf rice to the community.

Mohammad Jakfar from the ACT’s Program Department trying the Automated Rice Dispenser that had just been brought to the Waqf Distribution Center in Gunung Sindur, Bogor Regency, Tuesday (7/28). (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, BOGOR REGENCY - Along with the increasing need for food due to the faltering economy caused by the pandemic, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continues to ensure the food availability of the community, including by launching the Automated Rice Dispenser on Tuesday (7/28).

Located at the Waqf Distribution Center, Gunung Sindur, Bogor Regency, the newly completed Automated Rice Dispenser was directly tested. At the moment, there are two Automated Rice Dispensers, each of which has two and one outlet respectively. Each machine will provide five liters of waqf rice for one beneficiary. "Today the Automated Rice Dispensers have been completed and have been tested. Alhamdulillah, each ran smoothly and is ready to be installed in several mosques," explained ACT Automated Rice Dispenser Coordinator Mohammad Jakfar.

Each Automated Rice Dispenser has a different capacity. The one with one outlet can hold up 200 kilograms of rice, while the one with two outlets can hold up to 500 kilograms. Later, ACT will regularly refill the rice dispenser. ACT plans to install the Automated Rice Dispensers in two mosques in Central Jakarta and South Jakarta by the last week of July. The beneficiaries will be able to take rice from the machines simply by tapping the RFID Wakaf Card.

Each month, each Automated Rice Dispenser is able to serve 100 underprivileged beneficiaries to meet their food needs. In addition to the five liters of rice, the beneficiaries will also receive Wakaf Drinking Water. Until the end of the year, it is targeted that there will be a thousand Automated Rice Dispensers from ACT that will be put in mosques. "We also want to make mosques not just a place of worship, but also a center for food distribution and kindness," he added.

The Automated Rice Dispenser is part of the National Food Alms Movement. This movement invites the public to take part in caring for others in the midst of the “New Normal” era. ACT President Ibnu Khajar said, with this movement, ACT invites all levels of society to support one another. "Together, we must immediately make things better. ACT does not want to be alone in supporting others. We also want to facilitate the community in the philanthropic movement through a massive movement, "explained Ibnu. []