Residents in Cempaka Putih Tengah, Central Jakarta, opened up a sidewalk stall to offer free iftar meals and snacks on April 19, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Sharing is Caring: Iftar Meals for the Less Fortunate

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

APRIL 20, 2021

Jakarta. Ramadan is not all about abstaining oneself from eating and drinking. It is a time to reflect on one's spirituality and prayers. The sacred month also embraces a charitable spirit for those in need.

On Monday, residents of Cempaka Putih Tengah, Central Jakarta, opened up a sidewalk stall to offer iftar —fast-breaking meals eaten after sunset— for the less fortunate families. The charitable act had already started last year. Residents were concerned of the homeless people who struggled even more amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since Ramadan kicked off last week, the residents have distributed up to hundreds of free snacks or meals to the poor families living around the neighborhood.

Hours before sunset, people would stand in line on the sidewalk since afternoon. They would mark their queue spot with their flip-flops. Some would even ask their relatives or children to place their flip-flops on the sidewalk as early as 2 p.m. — three hours before the event begins.

The iftar-sharing follows strict health protocols to avoid virus transmission. Any attendees —including children— must wear masks and maintain a safe distance. The committee also prioritizes children, pregnant women, and the elderly to be the first ones to take their meals.

A girl marks her spot with flip-flops in a queue for free iftar meals in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on April 19, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A girl marks her queue spot with flip-flops as she lines up for free iftar meals in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on April 19, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A pair of flip-flops marks a spot on the queue in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on April 19, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A pair of flip-flops to mark a queue spot. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Peoples line up for the free iftar meal in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on April 19, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
People line up for free iftar meals. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children fall from cement mixer as they waiting for the free iftar meal in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on April 19, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children fall off a cement mixer as as they wait for their meals. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Event committee reparing the free takjil packages in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on April 19, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The iftar-sharing event commitee prepares boxes to be distributed to the less fortunate. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Peoples line up for the free iftar meal in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on April 19, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman patiently queues for the free iftar. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child reacts as his mother receives a free iftar meal in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on April 19, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mother picks up an iftar package with her child in her arms. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child gets a free iftar meal in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on April 19, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child stands on her toes to grab a chocolate pudding. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The event committee also prioritizes children, pregnant women and elderly to take free iftar meal in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on April 19, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The iftar-sharing committee also prioritizes children, pregnant women, and the elderly to be the first ones to take their meals in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on April 19, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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