Thousands of Meal Packages Served to West Sulawesi Earthquake Survivors

As of February 15, ACT has served tens of thousands of meal packages to earthquake victims in Mamuju and Majene thanks to the support and generosity of the Indonesian society.

MRI volunteers distribute meal packages to the camp inhabited by the earthquake survivors in Mamuju. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MAMUJU - Since the first day of the West Sulawesi earthquake (1/15/2021), Aksi Cepat Tanggap has evacuated the victims and provide meal packages to them. The earthquake survivors have been in urgent need of food. Many of them left their food supplies and cooking utensils in their homes that were damaged.

Lukman Solehudin, Coordinator of Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Humanitarian posts in Mamuju on Tuesday (2/16/2021) that in the early days after the earthquake, the community’s activities had been completely paralyzed. No markets nor shops were open. Their owners fled to higher places to avoid tsunami that might happen after the earthquake.

“A few days after the earthquake, the earthquake survivors could only eat a little rice with instant noodles. This was also what our volunteers ate when they first arrived in the earthquake-hit locations,” said Lukman.

ACT focused on providing meal packages as a form of emergency aid for the evacuees. With only limited ingredients available, ACT cooked meals for the earthquake survivors and volunteers scattered across many areas. As of February 15th, ACT’s kitchens at various points in Mamuju and Majene have served more than 62 thousand meal packages that were delivered directly to the camps.

In addition, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Humanity Food Truck has taken part to provide meals to the earthquake evacuees. Coming all the way from Waqf Distribution Center in Bogor Regency, the mobile kitchen manned by professional chefs have served 11,550 meal packages as of February 14. The number of distributed meal packages will increase along with the ongoing activities of the Humanity Food Truck in Mamuju and Majene.

Meal packages produced by ACT’s kitchens and Humanity Food Truck are not only enjoyed by the residents around their vicinity. The meal packages are also delivered directly by Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) volunteers in Mamuju and Majene in their localities.

"We are delivering the best of assistance from generous people donated through ACT for the earthquake victims in West Sulawesi, even those who are in isolated locations. This is done for the sake of equal distribution of these best dishes," added Lukman. []