Buying Up Warteg Dishes to Feed Residents Affected by Pandemic

Free Meal Operation continues to expand its benefits. Not only people who receive the meal assistance but Free Meal Operation also benefits warteg owners affected by the pandemic.

Buying Up Warteg Dishes.
A volunteer of ACT team brings meal packages to be distributed to the residents in Bandung. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANDUNG – The enforcement of Public Activity Restrictions (PPKM) is extended until August 9, 2021. The policy has affected various sectors, especially those whose economy had declined before the pandemic and business owners whose income only relies on the crowds.

Rokesi, a warteg owner in Babakan Ciamis, Sumur, Bandung City is one of the affected business owners. He admitted that his income has declined by more than 50 percent during the pandemic.

“I have run this warteg business for five years, and the pandemic has greatly affected my business,” said Rokesi, Monday (8/2/2021).

As an effort to solve the impacts of the pandemic, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) launched Free Meal Operation which involves various parties including warteg owners by buying up their meals to be distributed to the community free of charge.

Alhamdulillah, thank you so much. I am greatly helped by this program. Hopefully, things will get better in the future,” said Rokesi, whose warteg supported the Free Meal Operation in Bandung.

In addition to Free Meal Operation, ACT also carries out Free Food Operation. Not only targets daily workers, but Free Food Operation also targets self-isolating residents to receive staple food packages by delivering them directly to the recipients’ houses.

“Meal packages are provided for underprivileged residents and people who have to work outside. We also provide staple food assistance for self-isolating residents,” explained Irvan Apriana from ACT Bandung Program team.

Apart from Bandung, ACT also provides food package assistance in various regions in Indonesia through several programs. The distribution is also supported by various humanitarian vehicles including Humanity Food Truck, Humanity Food Bus, and support from the volunteers of Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia.[]