Indonesia food truck brings iftar to the fasting

Indonesia food truck brings iftar to the fasting
A charity organisation in Indonesia is providing a Ramadan 'meals on wheels' service, distributing hundreds of iftar meals in Banten Province. - REUTERS
Preparing a feast for the fasting is the idea behind a charity initiative in Indonesia.

Every evening during the Islamic month of Ramadan, a food truck travels around Banten Province handing out hundreds of freshly cooked meals.

Wakimani is one of the chefs involved in the initiative.

"These are all done by professionals, beginning with the preparations, stocking ingredients and execution. We make up a solid team, we choose the best materials, and we work as quickly as we can with the tools provided. This food truck has finished one thousand packs in four hours,'' he said.
The truck travels to poorer neighbourhoods where many struggle to meet even the basic needs of their families.

"It's a big help for the people in the area who are still underprivileged,'' said volunteer Munayah.

And just before sunset, signalling the end of the day's fast, queues begin to form around the truck with volunteers ready to hand out the meals.

Local villager, Endan, and his family are among those benefiting from the free food on offer here.

"It does seem like there's an industry here, there's a factory, but the area is still lacking in resources for the people. Relief items like clean water and aids for the poor are still not enough,'' he said.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country, and is also Southeast Asia's biggest economy where according to charity organisation Oxfam, the richest one percent control nearly half the wealth.

The Islamic month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, ends with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.