Free Rice for Poor Families in East Jakarta

Many impoverished families have run out of food due to the deteriorating economy caused by the pandemic. ACT has launched humanitarian programs to provide staple foods for the economically underprivileged.

ACT volunteers helping recipients of the Rice Waqf collecting the rice from the Humanity Rice Truck. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, EAST JAKARTA - Food is still an urgent need for poor families during the pandemic. Many of them haven’t been able to make ends meet due to the worsening economic condition.

To support the needy, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) held free rice distribution in Cawang, East Jakarta, on Wednesday (11/11). Using the Humanity Rice Truck, 1,500 kilograms of rice were handed out to 300 families. The beneficiaries queued in front of the automated rice dispenser on the side of the truck.

"There are many poor residents living in densely populated settlements around the skyscrapers in Cawang. They are the targets of this free rice distribution, "explained Wurriantoro from the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) East Jakarta Program Department.

The distribution of free rice was carried out in the Gang Arus Dalam area, Cawang. The rice that was distributed was produced by farmers assisted by ACT. Hopefully, the Free Rice Operation can fulfill the beneficiaries’ needs for some time.

"The majority of beneficiaries of the Rice Waqf in Cawang were casual workers, peddlers and daily labors. They were grateful for the assistance,” added Wuri.

The distribution of Waqf Rice in Cawang, East Jakarta is one of many food distribution programs that ACT has launched. In East Jakarta, ACT and its partners also provide free food through the Food Alms Gathering Point.

"The food distribution programs are initiated by ACT and supported by the generous donors to assist underprivileged people," explained Wuri. []