Putri Often Throws Away Stale, Unsold Food

Putri Dewi Kartika, owner of Mustika Rasa food stall in West Tebet, often suffers losses. She often has to throw away the dishes that are left unsold.

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Putri at her food stall in West Tebet. (ACTNews/M. Ubaidillah)

ACTNews, SOUTH JAKARTA – The Public Activity Restriction (PPKM) Policy has impacted food stalls whose main customers are office workers. In addition, they also lose customers because many people prefer staying at home.

The owner of Mustika Rasa food stall in West Tebet, Putri Dewi Kartika, revealed that the closing of the surrounding office buildings means there are fewer customers at her food stall. She even has to throw away the dishes that are unsold, making her loss even greater.

“Because most of our customers are office employees. If the offices are closed, there will be no more customers. Dishes that are not sold out and can’t be recooked become stale. They have to be thrown away, and make me lose quite much,” said Putri, Friday (7/23/2021).

Though the business has not been running well, she still has to pay the rent. Earning only IDR 200,000 to 300,000 a day, it’s becoming more difficult for her to pay IDR 5 million a month. With no other sources of income, Putri has no other way to cover the expenses.

"We are all left with no ways to solve this problem. My business is not running smoothly. How can we eat?  So we try to survive. In order not to lose, I try selling my dishes online. Although the profit isn’t much, Alhamdulillah, the most important thing is to avoid loss,” she said.

Emirad Jihad Fisabilillah of ACT Program Department says to help food stalls survive, ACT holds the Free Meal Operation (OMG) program. These food stalls will be involved in preparing meal packages to be distributed to underprivileged residents affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

He explained with this system, many people can benefit from the Free Meal Operation. In addition, ACT will also prepare the Humanity Food Care Line Services (FCS) through which people who need food and food stalls who want to partner with ACT can contact ACT by phone.

"We are preparing a breakthrough. People who need food and food stalls who want to partner with ACT can dial our number,” concluded Emirad. []