These 8 Schools Are Building Their Own Community Pantry to Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Apr 24, 2021   •   Meryl Medel
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Apr 24, 2021   •   Meryl Medel
Following the immediate success of the Maginhawa community pantry, several other communities have also organized their own pantries to help their neighbors, including our own schools and universities. Check out some of them below:
When they first opened last April 19, the community pantry in UP Diliman had to immediately close after three hours after supplies were exhausted. Located by the All UP Workers Union (AUPWU) headquarters near the shopping center, it was organized by AUPWU, the University Hotel Workers Union (UHWU), Samahan ng Manggagawa sa Quezon City (SMQC), and ALSA (Alyansa ng mga Samahan) Diliman.
The Diliman community pantry reopened last Wednesday, April 21, and again yesterday, April 22. But the pantry usually closes early due to the influx of people availing their help. The organizers are currently accepting donations to continually reopen the community pantry. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
On the other side of Katipunan, the Ateneo community is doing similar efforts to help their fellow neighbors. But instead of building another community pantry with the Maginhawa and Diliman ones so nearby, they are focusing their energy on helping farmers who still need to distribute their oversupply of produce. In partnership with Tanging Yaman Foundation, they are accepting purchases on behalf of the farmers and donate purchased produce to community pantries in your neighborhood. Two birds, one stone.
Ateneo de Naga is also set to open its own community pantry by Monday, April 26.
HEY DUDE, PANTRY, CHONG, The LASALLIAN COMMUNITY PANTRY For TAFT Times, begins on APRIL 23, 2021
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Let’s make this a success, and live Jesus in our hearts, forever! Animo La Salle! pic.twitter.com/xT19d7SHcf
— Br. Richie Yap FSC (@richiefsc) April 22, 2021
“Hey, dude, PANTRY, chong!” tweeted Lasallian Brother Richie Yap to call for donations in these TAFT times (all these puns! LOL). La Salle’s community pantry is set to open this Friday, April 23. They are accepting in-kind donations including fresh produce, rice, ready-to-cook food, vitamins and medicines, and other health-related items. If you don’t have supplies on hand, you can also donate money through BPI, GCash, and Paypal, which the organizers keep track of through a form donors must accomplish upon sending.
This Friday, DLSU–College of Saint Benilde is also launching their community pantry to assist partner barangays. There would be a Benilde Community Pantry on the school’s campus, but the organizers are also working with their partner barangays to set up additional community pantries nearer to their areas. As of writing, Benilde is only accepting in-kind donations, such as food, toiletries, vitamins, and protective equipment like masks and face shields.
LOOK: Donations also pouring in at the P. Noval Community Pantry in Manila. The organizer, Toots Vergara, says he was also inspired by the Maginhawa setup. | @cnnphilippines pic.twitter.com/AIkkhHkHrI
— Paolo Barcelon (@pnbarcelonlive) April 17, 2021
While the campus has been deserted during the pandemic, there still remains the community that lives in the university’s vicinity, including eateries like the famous Mang Tootz. Owner Toots Vergara and his wife installed their own community pantry right outside their food house. He shared with The Varsitarian how it started with just him and his wife, and then his family and friends chipped in, until eventually, anonymous donors dropped off items to give help. The community pantry is open from 10 AM to 6 PM as long as supplies last.
Inspired by the Maginhawa Community Pantry, Saint Vincent de Paul Parish opened its own Community Pantry organized by Fr. Joel Rescober, CM, Parish Priest, in coordination with the Basic Ecclesiastical Community. pic.twitter.com/25rNUnW6im
— Adamson University (@adamson_u) April 20, 2021
Organized by the St. Vincent de Paul Parish, the community pantry in Adamson University’s campus has started its operation on Tuesday, April 20. The local parish partnered with the Basic Ecclesiastical Community to gather in-kind donations and provide help to those in need.
SBU-MANILA, MAY COMMUNITY PANTRY NA RIN
Mula nang masimulan ang Maginhawa community pantry sa Quezon City, sunod-sunod na ang nagbukas ng kani-kanilang community pantry at kabilang na rin ngayon dito ang San Beda University – Manila. pic.twitter.com/7BqYocbBpI
— The Bedan Roar – Rizal (@BedanRoarSBUR) April 21, 2021
On Wednesday, April 21, San Beda’s community pantry opened to the public. Hundreds of constituents have lined up to accept donations from other members of the community.
The Missionary Benedictine Sisters of St. Scho Manila also organized a community pantry in the school’s Gate 3 (along Leon Guinto Street)! 💙💙💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/QsRidsIJuA
— MIKEasaysayan (@michaeltabuyan) April 20, 2021
The sisters of St. Scholastica have also opened their doors to share supplies and additional donations to their immediate community. They are located at the school’s gate by Leon Guinto Street. The sisters are only accepting in-kind donations: food and non-food essentials like face masks and shields. In addition to the community pantry, the Missionary Benedictine Sisters are also regularly providing hot meals to frontliners.
What other schools have you seen contribute to their neighborhood community pantry?
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