Cheap Food Operation Supports Recovery in New Normal Era

Though activities have mostly resumed amid the declining trend in COVID-19 cases, many in the community are still economically struggling. For this reason, Aksi Cepat Tanggap launched Cheap Food Operation to help the community meet their food needs. This cheap market was able to be held thanks to the support from generous friends.

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Residents of Cijeruk carry rice packages that they buy for a half price at the Cheap Food Operation held by ACT, Friday (15/10/2021). (ACTNews/Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, BOGOR REGENCY – In October 2021, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) launched Cheap Food Operation in several Indonesian regions. This program combines charitable actions and economic activities that have started to resume amid the decreasing trend in COVID-19 cases. Staple food packages were sold at half price.

In Cijeruk Village in Bogor Regency, located at the foot of Mount Salak, Cheap Food Operation was held for the first time, Friday (10/15/2021). Three-hundred staple food packages containing 10 kilograms of rice, 1 liter of vegetable oil, canned fish, soy sauce, and salt were sold to the locals for a cheap price.

ACT Bogor Branch Manager Ishaq Maulana said Cheap Food Operation serves as a stimulus amid the beginning of the economic recovery after the second wave of COVID-19. Cheap Food Operation is a solution to the economic problem as it provides food packages at an affordable price.

“Each staple food package that we sell is worth IDR 200,000, but we sell it for half the price. We hope that the food packages that they can take home at a low price will be able to provide food for the next few days to come as they resume their activities,” he said.

The launch of the Cheap Food Operation in Cijeruk was attended by Head of Cijeruk District and the local residents who had received coupons to purchase the food packages.  

Ulan, a local resident, expressed her gratefulness for the Cheap Food Operation through which she bought staple foods at a cheap price. Her husband works as a tent installer. His income has decreased due to activity restrictions.

“Alhamdulillah,” said Ulan.

More Cheap Food Operation activities will continue to be held and expanded to support the needs of the community in the aftermath of a COVID-19 wave. []