Cheap Food Operation Helps Kusmiati and Suhartoyo Afford Food after Losing Jobs

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Indonesia, Kusmiati and her husband Suhartoyo have lost their jobs. Kusmiati was formerly an employee at a canteen, and Suhartoyo was a janitor. Now, Kusmiati is unemployed, and Suhartoyo has been working odd jobs to make ends meet.

Kusmiati and her husband Suhartoyo receives foodstuff packages from Cheap Food Operation in South Jakarta. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SOUTH JAKARTA – The decreasing COVID-19 active cases do not necessarily result in the decreasing poverty rate. As the economy is still recovering from the severe impact of the pandemic, many families are still struggling financially and having difficulty getting food.

One of the families who have been impacted by the pandemic is Kusmiati’s family. Before the pandemic, Kusmiati (52) and her husband Suhartoyo (60) had jobs that can support their daily needs. Suhartoyo was a security guard and Kusmiati was a canteen employee who earned IDR 100,000 daily. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 and activity restrictions, she has been unemployed.

“Before the pandemic, I worked at a canteen and earned IDR 100,000. Since the onset of the pandemic, I have not been working. I live only with my husband who now works odd jobs,” said Kusmiati, Thursday (10/21/2021).

The family has since been constrained by poverty. There isn’t much that they can do. Because Suhartono’s income has been unsteady, it’s getting difficult for them to get food. Oftentimes, they have to eat plain rice because they can’t afford any side dishes. What’s important for them is to have something that can help them survive.

Cheap Food Operation

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) met Kusmiati during the Cheap Food Operation held at Al-Insan Mosque in Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta. Kusmiati was among the beneficiaries who bought a staple food package at an affordable price. The couple was grateful for being able to bring a food package home.

“Thank you to ACT for providing foodstuffs at an affordable price. With only IDR 100,000, I can get a lot, including 10 kilograms of rice, Alhamdulillah,” said Kusmiati.

ACT launched the Cheap Food Operation in response to the declining COVID-19 active cases. Despite activity restrictions being loosened, many are still struggling with their livelihood. ACT, with the support from the benefactors, presents this program to stimulate economic activities by selling foodstuffs at half the normal price. []