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Jakarta Post

Sharing meals with Jakarta mosques: Feed the poor, save the earth and (maybe) get a blessing

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 3, 2019   /  01:12 pm
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People break their fast at Burj Al Bakrie Mosque in Kuningan, South Jakarta. The mosque is the first to implement a green iftar program during the Ramadan fasting month, in which single-use food containers are not used to reduce waste. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama )

For 50-year-old Sunarto, Friday is the day of the week he looks forward to most. Every Friday he receives the one decent meal of the week from Burj Al Bakrie Mosque in South Jakarta. For much of the past four months, the meals have consisted of ether rice with rendang (beef curry) or  chicken in soy sauce. The man, who makes ends meet by taking on odd jobs, says his everyday meals usually consist of just rice and tempeh. “That’s the only thing you can buy with Rp 7,000 (50 US cents),” he said. “Chicken is a real treat, and it’s free. I’m happy, finally I get variation in what I eat.” The mosque, adjacent to the Bakrie Tower and Epicentrum shopping area in Kuningan, distributes meals under its Beramal program, which is short for berbagi makanan lebih (sharing surplus food) collected f...