Victims of Mount Semeru Eruption Grateful for Free Meals from ACT

Thanks to the donations from generous friends, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has regularly provided free meals for the residents who are affected by the volcanic eruption of Mount Semeru and the construction workers who are building shelters for the evacuees.

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A construction worker receives a meal package from ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, LUMAJANG – Fifty days have passed since the eruption of Mount Semeru in early December 2021. Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has not stopped providing assistance for the affected residents and also those involved in the recovery efforts.

Every day, hundreds of meal packages were distributed to the residents of Curah Kobokan, Kamar Kajang, and Penanggal. Not only that, the meals are also given to those involved in the recovery efforts including the construction workers who are building temporary shelters for the evacuees.

“Alhamdulillah, I can savor meal packages from ACT every day,” said Ma Judi, a resident of Kamar Kajang Village, Pronojiwo District, Lumajang, to ACT’s Humanity Food Truck team, Sunday (1/23/2022).

One of the construction workers who savored ACT’s meal packages was Syarif (46). He was grateful because he doesn’t have to buy lunch.

"Thank God, with ACT's Humanity Food Truck, I don't have to buy lunch so I can save money. Thank you, ACT," he said.

Edwar Risakman, a member of ACT’s Humanity Food Truck (HFT) team said that every day at 11 a.m., people wait for the Humanity Food Truck that will arrive to give away free meal packages. Seeing people waiting for the arrival of the truck makes him feel both happy and touched.

"Seeing the residents affected by the Mount Semeru eruption smile makes the team happy. Helping people during their difficult time makes life meaningful,” he told ACTNews, Monday (1/24/2022).

Edward added that the truck cooks up to 500 free meal packages every day. During the recovery period, the meal packages are distributed not only to the victims but also to volunteers, joint officers, truck drivers, and construction workers who are building temporary shelters initiated by the government and a number of humanitarian institutions. []