Community pantries serve as a venue to provide food and other essentials to those who are in need. Ana Patricia Non, the catalyst of this movement, started the first community pantry in Maginhawa and soon after, numerous community pantries mushroomed all over the Philippines.
As the community of community pantries continues to grow, we’ve spotted different kinds that will certainly put a smile on your face—and hopefully inspire you to put up your own or donate:
Community Pantry on Wheels
Go Bike Project, a non-profit organization, started a project called Community Pantry with Free Healthcare Services on Wheels in Pangasinan. They provide food and medical services to the residents of the area.
Coffee Community Pantry
In Albay, a patrolman has put up a coffee community pantry that serves different kinds of coffee blends because just like lugaw, coffee is essential, too. This pantry has Arabica, Kalinga, Benguet, and Sagada coffee that you can brew using their mini-espresso machine, and then you can add sugar to your coffee if you like it sweet. To reduce waste, people are encouraged to bring their own cups!
Zero-Waste Community Pantry
In Antipolo City, a zero-waste community pantry has been set up to encourage people to use recyclable bags and bottles. They have a dispenser for vinegar, soy sauce, and oil, and ginormous jars filled with chili, salt, and sugar, besides the fresh produce and other food items.
Taho Community Pantry
A community pantry was spotted in Kawit, Cavite that offered free taho! This was started by a charity group called Project Starfish to offer food for those who haven’t had breakfast. According to Manila Bulletin, the organizers bought it from a taho vendor named Kuya Nelson who also offered more cups of taho but was eventually paid for by the organizers because they insisted on it.
Community Pantry + Community Library
The Happy Lillarry founder Lorna Zaragosa opened a community pantry and a community library in Barangay Sangandaan, Project 8, Quezon City. In an interview Zaragosa had with GMA News Online, she says “Reading can help improve one’s emotional and mental health so I thought of adding books to the community pantry and turned it as a community library-pantry.”
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