Free Food Operation Assists Casual Workers and Elderlies in Sukabumi

The activity restriction policy caused by the surge of COVID-19 cases has decreased the income of informal workers. Due to financial constraints, they have been unable to buy food for their families.

An elderly woman receives food aid.
An elderly woman receives food aid from ACT through the Free Food Operation Program. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SUKABUMI REGENCY – The informal workers in Pelabuhan Ratu Village, Citepus District, Sukabumi Regency, have been dealing with uncertain income due to activity restrictions. As a result, they can’t meet their daily needs.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)'s Free Food Operation reached the informal workers in SUkabumi to help them with their food fulfillment. Dani Firdaus from ACT Sukabumi Regency Program Team explained that casual workers such as construction workers, farm laborers, sellers and porters at the market, and pedicab drivers in Pelabuhan Ratu Village have had their income extremely decreased. They can’t even meet their basic necessities due to the no-income situation.

“The implementation of Emergency PPKM due to the Covid-19 pandemic has deteriorated the sustenance of underprivileged people. They barely can meet their food needs. It’s difficult just to buy some rice. We strive to fulfill their urgent need for food,” said Dani, Monday (7/12/2021).

ACT provided rice aid for 300 people on Monday (7/12/2021). In addition to casual workers, rice aid was also distributed to the elderly and impoverished people.

“In this Free Food Operation (OPG), 300 food packages have been distributed to the casual workers and underprivileged elderlies. During this pandemic, they are struggling with the decreasing and uncertain income,” explained Dani.

Dani also encourages the benefactors to take part in helping underprivileged people who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Through the Free Food Operation, ACT wants to ensure that no one is starving during the pandemic and Emergency PPKM.[]