Free Food Operation Reaches Impoverished Families in Makassar

In addition to Jakarta Metropolitan Area, the Free Food Operation also reaches Makassar City. This program benefits impoverished communities that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the poor families that received staple food package from ACT South Sulawesi. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MAKASSAR – COVID-19 has been declared as a global pandemic. This rapidly spreading disease has spread in Indonesia and other countries. Thousands have been confirmed dead from this disease. In Indonesia, as of April 3, 2020, there are 1,086 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Around 181 have died from this disease, while 134 have recovered.

A number of preventive measures have been taken by the government, including by imposing physical distance policy, and by preventing people from gathering. These measures were taken to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Unfortunately, they bring severe financial impact on the community, especially informal workers whose livelihoods force them to be outside.  

On Sunday (3/29), ACT South Sulawesi distributed staple food packages through the Free Food Operation to the impoverished communities. Nur Ali Akbar of ACT South Sulawesi Program Department said that the Free Food Operation is an ACT’s effort in fulfilling the community’s needs amidst COVID-19 pandemic, as the outbreak brings not only a medical but also an economic impact. 

“Even on regular days, many of these daily workers already felt difficult to fulfill their basic needs, let alone during an outbreak. The pandemic affects many things, including these people’s income,” he explained, Sunday (3/29)

As many as 40 rice packages were distributed to impoverished families in Makassar. They are happy for the rice packages. Many of them have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Jakarta and its surrounding regions, ACT also distributed rice through the Free Rice Operation. Thousands of packages of rice, each containing 5 kilograms, were distributed in areas affected by COVID-19. []