Meal Center Serves Ready-To-Eat Food During Community Activity Restrictions

Aksi Cepat Tanggap, Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia and Komunitas Menatap Indonesia held a collective act of kindness by opening a meal center to help people affected by the pandemic. Every day, hundreds of portions of food are distributed to underprivileged residents.

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MRI volunteers packing ready-to-eat food in a meal center in Jember. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JEMBER – The meal center established as a result of collaboration between Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) and Komunitas Menatap Indonesia is always crowded with visitors every day. Located at an intersection, the meal kitchen is frequently visited by passers-by. Everyone can eat and contribute to this kitchen.

Daily workers and impoverished residents whose income has been severely affected by the pandemic has frequented the kitchen. Hanifa (46) was among those grateful for this meal center because it has been difficult for her to get food after she was laid off without receiving severance pay.

"Now it's very difficult to get a job. But Alhamdulillah, I have been very much helped by this meal center in which I can eat,” she said.

Other beneficiaries include public transport drivers and peddlers. The restrictions on public activities have drastically cut their income.

"This meal center is open to ease the burden on people affected by the pandemic, especially during activity restrictions," explained the founder of the Menatap Indonesia Community, Bustan Parentagama.

Not only donors but food stalls have also contributed to this meal center. They, too, have been ailing from the lack of buyers due to activity restrictions. []