Empowering MSMEs Through Cheap Food Operation

Aksi Cepat Tanggap launched the Cheap Food Operation program not only to provide affordable food for the needy but also to empower MSMEs which ACT involves in providing quality foodstuffs that are sold at half-price.

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Cheap Food Operation held in Solo. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Despite the decreasing number of COVID-19 cases, the economy of the people affected by the pandemic has not recovered. The rapid spread of the virus requires the government to implement restriction policies to hamper its spread. As a result, both small and big businesses have lost their customers, resulting in unemployment and poverty.

Having launched several humanitarian programs to deal with the effects of the pandemic, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) recently launched another program named Cheap Food Operation with support from the generous. Through this program, quality foodstuffs can be bought at half-price to facilitate the economically underprivileged.

In Semarang, Saturday (10/30/2021), Cheap Food Operation was held in collaboration with Universitas Negeri Semarang’s Islamic Spirituality Bureau. The event took place in Deliksari Hamlet, Sukorejo Village, Gunungpati District, Semarang. A total of 270 families benefitted from this program.

“The generosity of the donors channeled through the Cheap Food Operation helps not only the beneficiaries but also the shop owners from whom we bought the foodstuff packages. We bought the food from them at full price,” said Hamas Rausyanfikr of ACT Central Java.

Similar actions also took place in Solo, Kediri, and Pekanbaru with hundreds of food packages provided for the beneficiaries.

Cheap Food Operation held by ACT Kediri. (ACTNews)

A help amid soaring food prices

The soaring price of cooking oil has burdened consumers, especially women who often uses it for cooking. Santi (47), a housewife who lives in Petogogan, South Jakarta, admitted that cooking oil is now very expensive.

“The price of cooking oil has increased quite drastically. I used to buy half a liter of cooking oil for IDR 8,000. Now, it costs IDR 10,000,” she said, Monday (11/1/2021).

Santi’s livelihood has also been affected by the pandemic. Her husband who previously worked as a construction project foreman has been unemployed. Luckily, their family’s economy has slowly improved along with the decrease in COVID-19 cases.

“I thank ACT and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) South Jakarta for the cheap groceries. They really help me at the time I need them most,” said Santi. []