Free Food Operations Reached Informal Workers in Tasikmalaya City

The economic conditions of the informal workers in Tasikmalaya City haven’t really improved. Aksi Cepat Tanggap Tasikmalaya provided food for these informal workers through the Free Food Operation, Wednesday. (23/9).

The Free Food Operations Team handed over rice aid to a pedicab driver in the center of Tasikmalaya City. (ACTNews / Mochamad Miftah Fauzi)

ACTNews, TASIKMALAYA – Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) and Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Tasikmalaya held another food distribution in Tasikmalaya City. The food distribution reached informal workers whose livelihood hasn’t improved since the pandemic.

"Alhamdulillah, we went from ACT Tasikmalaya Branch Office to Jalan Dr Soekardjo. Along with other MRI and ACT volunteers, I feel glad to see the smiles of the beneficiaries in this Free Food Operation. The food that we provided will, hopefully, be able to benefit them much,” said Irwan Rodiaman, Coordinator of the Free Food Operation Action on Wednesday (9/23).

Irwan invited the community to contribute to this act of kindness through BNI Syariah account number 88 0000 92 77. Those who wish to contribute can also visit Indonesia Dermawan website.

Dozens of food packages were distributed to peddlers, pedicab drivers, and even scavengers. According to Irwan, these informal workers are still dealing with economic difficulties due to the pandemic.

Oyo (58), a balloon seller was among the beneficiaries of the Free Food Operation. The team met him when he was peddling his balloons. The pandemic has also affected his livelihood as his income became irregular.

"Even on normal days, my income is uncertain, let alone during the Coronavirus pandemic. My income has really decreased,” said Oyo. Since schools were closed, he is no longer able to sell his balloons at schools. He has to peddle his balloons from one place to another.

Oyo, one of the beneficiaries of the Free Food Operation. (ACTNews / Mochamad Miftah Fauzi)

On that occasion, MRI and ACT Tasikmalaya team delivered staple food packages to Oyo and dozens of other informal workers. "Alhamdulillah, I can use the food for the next two days. Thank you very much," said Oyo. []