Humanity Rice Truck Excites Scavengers and Residents around Bantargebang Landfill

Humanity Rice Truck distributed hundreds of Waqf Rice packages to residents around Bantargebang Landfill, Bekasi City. The action that was a collaboration between ACT and Helo Apps targeted impoverished residents around the location on Wednesday (10/13/2021).

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Branch Manager of ACT Bekasi, Rizky Renanda, hands over a Waqf Rice from Humanity Rice Truck to a resident around Bantargebang Landfill, Bekasi, West Java. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BEKASI – ACT’s Humanity Rice Truck for the very first time visited Bantargebang Landfill in Bekasi City, West Java. The free rice service that was supported by Helo Apps distributed hundreds of food packages to impoverished residents around the landfill location of DKI Jakarta.

Budi (56), one of the Waqf Rice recipients, expressed his gratitude for the rice package and snacks assistance. For him, a sack of rice can be very beneficial to reduce his expense for the following days.

Alhamdulillah, this assistance is very helpful to ease our burden,” said Budi, Wednesday (10/13/2021).

Every day, Budi works as a scavenger from 3 a.m to 5 p.m Western Indonesian Time. According to Budi, living and working around the Bantargebang Landfill for the past fifteen years is a hard challenge in life.

“I have been living and scavenging here for fifteen years. During the pandemic, the situation is very difficult. We are also affected here,” said Budi.

Budi added the pandemic has declined his income. Usually, his collected goods are paid IDR 1,000 per kilogram while during the pandemic, it’s been decreased to only IDR 500.

“These days, I can only earn up to IDR 50 thousand. Therefore, we have to use it effectively. Hopefully, the pandemic will end quickly so we can have a better life,” he hoped.

Distribution of Waqf Rice from Humanity Rice Truck to residents around Bantargebang Landfill, Bekasi, West Java is supported by Helo Apps. (ACTNews)

The Waqf Rice assistance was also received by other residents who work at a waste-based fertilizer company in Bantargebang. One of them is Nemih (60) who has been working there for 5 years as a sweeper. She admitted that the assistance was very beneficial to support her life with her grandson.

“I don’t have a husband. I live only with my grandson. Usually, if I don’t have rice, I can only eat instant noodles or anything I can get. Alhamdulillah, I am happy to receive this free rice,” said Nemih after receiving the rice assistance.

Humanity Rice Truck is ACT’s effort to provide innovative free rice service for the community. The background of making the Humanity Rice Truck is from ACT's hard work in supporting people’s food needs especially rice as the community's staple food.[]