Community pantries across PH grow as several companies pitch in

hoto from J&T Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — As community pantries continue to expand across the country, companies — J&T express, Gardenia, Canva, Shell — pitch in to help give aid to those in need.

Employees of shipping company J&T Express opened a stall in its Muntinlupa branch at 37 National Highway, Barangay Putatan to join the cause.

“Many Filipinos are grappling to survive during this pandemic. J&T Express believes that during these challenging times, it is important to stand strong and help one another,” J&T Philippines Vice President Zoe Chi said.

Loaves of bread from Gardenia were also donated to a community pantry in Los Baños, Laguna which helped replenish the goods in the stall.

According to Gardenia’s customer relations staff, the company has donated 200 loaves of bread for the community.

Photo from Nancy Cabrera Florentino

In a Facebook post, Nancy Cabrera Florentino shared that they were already running out of goods before the truck of bread arrived.

Shell, through its mobility stations, meanwhile set up food banks, said Randy Del Valle, Vice President and General Manager Retail, Executive Board Director – Pilipinas Shell at Shell.

“These would include some grocery items and fresh vegetables from urban gardens of our service champions. Even our customer who were moved on this initiative also willingly add to the display.

Canva Philippines also offered free printing services and designs to community pantries in need of signages. 

“Sa mga nangangailangan ng tulong upang makapagsimula ng kanilang #CommunityPantry, may inihanda kaming mga signages na pwede ninyong magamit … Para naman sa mga nangangailangan ng tulong sa pag-print ng signages, kami ay handang mag-print at mag-deliver ng libre,” it said in a tweet. 

(For those who need help to start their #CommunityPantry, we have prepared signages that you can use… For those who need help printing signages, we are ready to print and deliver for free.)

“Tuloy ang tulungan. Maraming salamat po sa mga nagtataguyod ng mga community pantries. Saludo po kami sa inyo!”

(Continue to help. Many thanks to those who promote community pantries. We salute you!)

Amid false red-tag claims, community pantry initiator Ana Patricia Non reopened the stall in Maginhawa to the public after halting its operations for a day. 

From one community pantry in Maginhawa Street, Quezon City, there are now more than 350 stalls built by various groups nationwide, she said. Non also reassured that community pantries will continue to serve as long as there are willing donors.

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