Free Meal Operation Targets Poor People in Palembang

Free Meal Operation in Palembang supports the needy such as orphans and daily workers whose sustenance is severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

A number of orphans in Palembang enjoyed a meal from the Free Meal Operation from ACT South Sumatera. (ACTNews / Uke Restu)

ACTNews, PALEMBANG – The central and regional governments have issued various policies to break the COVID-19 spread, for example, by restricting activities outside. These policies have brought severe impact on the sustenance of daily workers such as street hawkers, motorcycle drivers, and public transport drivers.

In the COVID-19 emergency, ACT and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) South Sumatra held the Free Meal Operation, Friday (4/3), to support the needs of the residents, especially daily workers, whose livelihood has been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mrs. Rojah, owner of a food stall, said that she has lost many customers since the outbreak began. Her income dropped drastically to the point of financial loss.

"Usually, we can get up to IDR 700,000. Now it's less. Yesterday, we spent IDR 700,000 for the capital but we earned only IDR 300,000. It’s quite a huge loss," she said.

 Many peddlers and taxi drivers lost their customers because many people can’t go out of their homes. The Free Meal Operation will hopefully be able to help peddlers and other informal workers.

Aris from ACT South Sumatra Program Department explained, Free Meal Operation is an effort from ACT to reduce the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on the community, especially the lower middle class. "Alhamdulillah, we continue to do various programs to support the needs of underprivileged communities affected by the COVID-19. Through Free Meal Operation, we hope that all Indonesian people, especially in South Sumatra, will also be inspired more to help our brothers in need. This is a form of our sympathy as human beings by sharing with each other, "he said. []