Street Peddlers in Batu City Benefit from Free Food Operation

To assist informal workers in Batu City affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, ACT Malang presents Free Food Operation, Wednesday (4/1) aims to assist street hawkers that are no longer able to work due to COVID-19.

Endang, a gado-gado seller in Batu City, received staple food packages from ACT Malang. (ACTNews/Saiful Anam)

ACTNews, BATU – A number of steps have been taken by the local governments of several regencies and cities in Indonesia to stop the spread of COVID-19, one of them is by restricting outdoor activities and crowds.

This policy has undoubtedly brought significant changes. On one hand, this policy can prevent the spread of COVID-19 quickly. On the other hand, it also results in the significant decrease of income among daily workers and street peddlers.

Such is also what’s happening in Batu City, East Java. Based on the assessment of ACT Malang volunteers in Batu, for a month, the locals have been suffering from declining income. “I work selling toys at schools. But since the schools are closed, I can no longer work,” said Kholifah, an Oro-Oro Ombo villager.

Similar situations are also faced by other street hawkers. “I haven’t been able to work for a month because I am not allowed to work at the moment. I am now supported by my son-in-law,” said Endang, a gado-gado seller.

To assist informal workers in Batu City affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, ACT Malang presents Free Food Operation, Wednesday (4/1) aims to assist street hawkers that are no longer able to work due to COVID-19, especially women who have to support their family and poor people.

“The Free Food Operation reached four villages in Batu Subdistrict. They are Oro-Oro Ombo, Sisir, Pesanggrahan, and Bumiaji Villages. We distributed staple foods such as rice, sugar, cooking oil, etc.” explained Setiawan, MRI Batu Chairman.

The Free Food Operation was able to be done thanks to the collaboration between ACT and Malang State University. The food aid for the impoverished community will continue to be distributed until the pandemic ends.

This is not the first collaboration with the Malang State University, as previous collaborative programs have also been successfully carried out. Diki Taufiq Sidiq as the ACT Malang Branch Manager hoped that the collaboration between ACT and Malang State University will continue to bring much more benefits to the community. []