Cheap Market Operations Helps Residents Fulfill Food Needs

“I got staple foods with reasonable price. If I buy it at the market or supermarket, I definitely cannot buy it," said Owan, one of the beneficiaries of Cheap Food Operations in Koja, North Jakarta.

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Cheap Food Operations holds for the first time in Koja District, North Jakarta. (ACTNews/Rabbani)

ACTNews, NORTH JAKARTA -- Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continues spreading kindness through Cheap Food Operation program. People can easily buy their food needs at affordable prices.

Owan (34), one of the beneficiaries, admitted that she was happy with Cheap Food Operation initiated by ACT and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI). According to Owan, there are still many people who are hungry from the middle to lower economy. Cheap Food Operation on Friday (10/15/2021) helped him. 

“I got staple foods with reasonable price. If I buy it at the market or supermarket, I definitely cannot buy it," said Owan with a laugh.

Another beneficiary, Daningsih (48), was grateful for Cheap Food Operation. She admits that lately, it was burdensome to meet the daily needs of five family members. Sometimes, they eat one meal a day because of a lack of money.

Alhamdulillah, I am happy with this Cheap Food Operation. I can meet my needs for a few weeks," she said.

During the program launching ceremony, ACT President Ibnu Khajar explained that during the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic, people's purchasing power decreased greatly. The condition inspired ACT to hold a Cheap Food Operation to revive people's purchasing power.

"Interestingly, these people admitted to us that they prefer to buy rather than be given free. They say they are happier if there is a cheap food program rather than a free food program," he explained.

He hopes that this program will be a solution for impoverished communities and become a spirit that alms is the solution to the nation's poverty. That way, the problem of poverty can be solved with the best alms.

“We believe that everything starts from our generosity and our sharing passion. We also ask for the support and prayers of the benefactors by setting aside the best alms," said Ibnu.[]