Free Food Operation Assists Self-Isolating Patients

Free Food Operation benefitted residents who are self isolating in South Tangerang. They were very happy to receive the food aid since during the self-isolation period, they also suffered financially and have run out of rice to cook.

ACT team delivers staple food packages.
ACT team delivers staple food packages to the houses of self-isolating residents in East Ciputat, South Tangerang, Wednesday (7/7/2021). (ACTNews/Syahrain F)

ACTNews, SOUTH TANGERANG – On Wednesday (7/7/2021) afternoon, three people in hazmat suits were walking through the alleys of RT 03, RW 09, Cempaka Putih, East Ciputat, South Tangerang. Escorted by the Head of the RT, these people knocked on the doors of the residents’ houses who were self-isolating inside to deliver the food packages.

Herman, the Head of RT 03 RW 09, said that in the last two weeks, the number of residents who were tested positive for Covid-19 was increasing. Many of them chose to self-isolate in their respective houses. However, four of his residents passed away during the self-isolation. The tragedy has triggered Herman to be more intensively monitor the residents to prevent similar incidents.

Although the risk of being exposed to Covid-19 when monitoring his self-isolating residents is very high, Herman mustered up the courage to do so. According to Herman, the risk of not paying attention to them is even worse, which is death.

“In this situation, the help of their surrounding neighbors becomes very crucial for them to survive. Alhamdulillah, the surrounding residents have provided assistance and we also have RT funds to give a little help to our self-isolating residents,” said Herman, Wednesday (7/7/2021).

According to the data collected by Herman, 20 families are self-isolating at home. Their movement space is restricted and they can't leave the house since it will endanger others. Food packages were placed at the door. "Ma’am, there's a package, I'll put it in front of the door. You don't have to go out, just stay inside," said Herman. After the homeowner answered, the team in hazmat suits placed the food packages containing basic necessities.

Alhamdulillah, in this recovery period, we receive assistance from ACT because assistance from the government has been stopped since the end of 2020. I totally appreciate this assistance from ACT,” said Herman.

Downturn of Economy

On the same day, the ACT team accompanied by Muslih, the Head of RT 01, RW 01, Pondok Aren Village, delivered food packages to 13 families who are self-isolating. They are relieved because their finance has been in a slump.

“Most of the residents are working as farmers, online motorbike taxi drivers, and construction workers. This assistance is very beneficial for the residents who are self-isolating. The rice in their rice cookers has turned dry and they have run out of rice to cook. On behalf of the residents, I thank ACT very much for their concern and care to the residents here,” concluded Muslih.[]