National Movement for Food Alms Gathering Launched in West Sumatra

The movement that ACT initiated to address the community's food problems continues to expand. In mid-August, ACT West Sumatra launched the National Movement for Food Alms Gathering in its region with the hope that this philanthropic movement that involves the community can also benefit the community by providing a solution to the food crisis faced by the poor.

One of the beneficiaries taking food from the shelf at the Food Alms Gathering Point in Padang. (ACTNews / Dana Kurnia)

ACTNews, PADANG – The economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has burdened many people across Indonesian regions. Many of them lost jobs or sources of income, leading to an increase in poverty. Both big companies and MSMEs have to face the dire crisis. A solution is needed to at least help each other within one’s own vicinity.

In response to the current difficulties, ACT West Sumatera launched the National Movement for Food Alms Gathering on Wednesday (8/12) as an extension of the movement that was launched by ACT in Gunung Sindur, Bogor. This movement will, hopefully, inspire many people to help each other especially in providing food.

ACT West Sumatra Branch Manager, Zeng Welf, said that this national movement is a humanitarian action that involves all parts of society. They can donate staples to the Food Alms Gathering Points to be taken home by those who need them. "As we enter the “New Normal”, many people’s livelihoods have not returned to normal. We find out on the ground that it still difficult for many people to obtain food as their financial condition worsens”, explained Zeng.

The Food Alms Gathering Points will be set up in mosques, schools, houses, offices and supermarkets. Zeng added that, every 3 days, the ACT team will pick up the staples from the Food Alms Gathering points that have been filled up to deliver the food directly to the needy.

The head of the Padang City Social Service Afriadi, Head of the Padang City Food Service Guswardi, several communities and media partners attended the launching. It is hoped that this movement will act as a solution to the community’s food problem in the midst of the pandemic that has yet to recede.

"This movement is open to everyone who wants to support regardless of regions and backgrounds. Everyone can participate in this movement within their own vicinity, send staple food to the Food Alms Gathering Points that have been set up, send their best support through the Indonesia Dermawan website, or transfer your donations to Bank Mandiri Syariah account number # 1111133553 in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap Foundation," added Zeng. []