Food Alms Gathering Point in Yogyakarta Brings Happiness to the Needy

The Food Alms Gathering Point brings happiness to poor residents in the Special Region of Yogyakarta. One of them is Boimin, waste collector working around Jl. Miliran, Umbulharjo District, Yogyakarta City.

Boimin taking foodstuffs from the Food Alms Shelves. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, YOGYAKARTA - Boimin couldn’t hide his smile beneath his face mask. Before leaving, he thanked the Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) and Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team at the Food Alms Gathering Point on Jl. Miliran, Umbulharjo District, Yogyakarta City on Tuesday (10/27).

Boimin, a waste collector working on Jl. Miliran, took some foodstuffs from the Food Alms Gathering Point. He said that his income was uncertain during the pandemic although the amount of domestic waste has been increasing.

"At least, I still have a job," he said to one of the volunteers.

Boimin is grateful for the free foodstuffs he received from the Food Alms Gathering Point. (ACTNews)

His income ranges from IDR 300,000 to IDR 500,000 a month. Thanks to the free foodstuffs from the Food Alms Gathering Point, he was able to save some his money that day. Besides Boimin, 50 families in Miliran benefitted from the free food provision.

"The Food Alms Gathering Points run by ACT Yogyakarta are located in local MRI headquarters. The locals who have no money to buy basic needs can take free foodstuffs from the Food Alms Gathering Point,” said Kharis Pradana, Coordinator of the Food Alms Gathering Points in Yogyakarta.

The National Movement for Food Alms Gathering is ACT’s effort to support people that have been financially affected by the pandemic. "The aim of this movement is to bolster generosity in our society. People who have extra food can provide food assistance to underprivileged people through the Food Alms Gathering Points, "said Kharis.

There are two Food Alms Gathering Points established by ACT Special Region of Yogyakarta. Kharis invited the community to support the Food Alms Gathering Program. "We hope that the Food Alms Gathering can strengthen the community’s togetherness to give to each other in these difficult times. We are inviting the benefactors to give their best alms through the Indonesia Dermawan website or BNI Syariah account at 341 854 750 in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap," said Kharis. []