Humanity Food Truck Assists Earthquake Survivors in West Sulawesi

For over a week, the Humanity Food Truck has been serving the earthquake survivors in West Sulawesi. Their humanitarian mission will continue to assist the earthquake survivors to help them get back on their feet.

Evacuee children carrying meal packages from the Humanity Food Truck. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, MAMUJU - The sound of high-pressure gas stoves, knives clashing with cutting boards, the fragrant aroma of the dishes being cooked, and the excitement of volunteers filled the air around Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Central Humanitarian Post in Mamuju, West Sulawesi. Parked in the Central Post, ACT’s Humanity Food Truck cooks two to three batches of meals a day for the disaster survivors and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) volunteers in West Sulawesi.

For almost a week, thousands of meal packages have been produced by the Humanity Food Truck. Evacuees in other locations can also enjoy the nutritious meal dishes thanks to the double-cabin pickup truck that distributed the meal packages to remote locations.

“The evacuation points in West Sulawesi are scattered in various points which are rather difficult to reach directly by the Humanity Food Truck. But we still want everyone to be able to enjoy these meal packages. Hence, after the food is cooked and packaged, it is immediately distributed to various points using smaller vehicles,” explained Intishor Jundi, Action Coordinator for the Humanity Food Truck in Mamuju, Saturday (1/30/2021).

The Humanity Food Truck is planned to serve residents of West Sulawesi for at least a month so that they can still enjoy highly nutritious meal packages during the post-disaster recovery period when the aid distributions start to decrease. In the near future, this kitchen truck will move to the Majene so that the local residents will be able to savor food from the mobile kitchen too.

In the disaster-hit areas, the team of chefs is committed to provide the best food for the flood victims and volunteers in West Sulawesi. However, not all of the ingredients are available because not all markets have opened after the earthquake.

"There are several ingredients that are still hard to get, so the chefs replaced them with other available ingredients without reducing the quality and nutrition of the meal packages," added Jundi. []