Free Meal Operation Comes to Casual Workers in Pekalongan

Two years of pandemic has brought huge impacts on people’s lives, including the economic impact. Responding to the situation, ACT continues to provide ready-to-eat meals to help casual workers in Pekalongan.

Meal package distribution to the casual workers in Pekalongan.
Meal package distribution to the casual workers in Pekalongan. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, PEKALONGAN – Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Budi's income as a motorbike taxi driver has been uncertain. With only tens of thousands of rupiahs, Budi has to support his family.

The income that Budi used to get before the pandemic was actually enough to fulfill his family’s needs. Unfortunately, these past two years, his income has drastically decreased. “Sometimes, I only get IDR 50 thousand or IDR 100 thousand at most. It’s uncertain. During the pandemic, my income has decreased a lot. Sometimes, I don’t even eat a whole day so my family can eat,” said Budi when he was visited by ACT Pekalongan team, Friday (6/18/2021).

Similar to Budi, other casual workers in Pekalongan also face the same situation including Sugeng, a pedicab driver who only gets 1 or 2 passengers a day during the pandemic. He is only paid IDR 15 thousand for each passenger he takes.

The decreasing income due to the pandemic is not only faced by transportation workers. Several peddlers met by ACT in Pekalongan also admitted that their sales have drastically decreased since the pandemic. However, these casual workers still have to survive with their current profession because they have no other jobs.

Free Meal Operation

In response to the difficult situations faced by casual workers in Pekalongan, ACT provided meal service through Free Meal Operation, Friday (6/18/2021). In collaboration with Kitabisa.com, one hundred portions of meal packages were distributed to the motorbike taxi drivers, pedicab drivers, peddlers, and parking attendants. 

Adit, from ACT Pekalongan Program Team, says that the Free Meal Operation is ACT’s effort to ease the expenses for food which can be allocated to other urgent needs.

“We thanked the generous people and MRI volunteers who supported this program,” Adit concluded.[]