Free and Cheap Food Operations Ease Food Crisis, Save Residents from Hunger

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Free Food Operation has been ongoing since 2020. Through this program of generosity, ACT aims to help Indonesian residents by providing food amidst the pandemic. Now that the COVID-19 cases have decreased and activities have slowly resumed, Cheap Food Operation is launched as a stimulus.

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Distribution of free food packages to residents living near the rail road in Surabaya. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SURABAYA, MAKASSAR – The Covid-19 outbreak in Indonesia has been going on for almost two years. It has impacted not only the health system but also the economy. The number of poor people continues to grow as the efforts to curb the spread of the virus affected the livelihood of many people. The Central Statistics Agency said the number of poor people in Indonesia increased to more than 27 million in the first quarter of 2021.

As a humanitarian agency that manages the generosity of the community, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) is concerned for the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the community. Immediate actions need to be taken to deal with the crises that arise due to COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the actions that ACT have taken in dealing with the impact of the pandemic is the Free Food Operation that was launched at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia.

By mid-October, this program continues to benefit several regions in Indonesia. In Surabaya, the food distribution took place on Jalan Ngaglik to the residents living near the railroad. A hundred staple food packages were distributed that day.

“This program is ACT’s initiative that is expected to be a solution to the food crisis during the pandemic,” said Dian Laksana, Branch Manager of ACT Surabaya.

Now that the COVID-19 cases have started to decrease and activities have slowly resumed, ACT launches Cheap Food Operation to support the community by selling foodstuff packages at half the normal price for the underprivileged communities.

On Friday (10/15/2021), Cheap Food Operation was launched and simultaneously held in several areas in Indonesia. In Makassar, a food package that is worth IDR 180,000 could be bought at IDR 90,000

“The Cheap Food Operation in Makassar was held for the residents around Ash-Shabuur Mosque in Kawah Hamlet. We hope that the quality foodstuff packages that we sell at the best price will be able to fulfill the community’s need for food amid their busy activities,” said Firman from ACT South Sulawesi Program Department. []