Community pantries have taken the country by storm. Ana Patricia Non set up the first one just last week in Maginhawa, now the initiative has inspired everyone across the country. It has even evolved into all sorts of versions too! Here are just some of the best variations of community pantries we’ve seen:
Community Paw-ntry by PAWS
Those who want to donate or are in need of pet supplies can find the table outside the PAWS office, along Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. The Community Paw-ntry is open from 8 AM to 5 PM daily except Sundays and holidays.
A Community Library
You can find The Happy Liblarry in Quezon City at Benefits St., Brgy. Sangandaan, Project 8, across SM Savemore Market. Zaragosa mentioned she still has so many books to give away so they aren’t accepting donations at the moment. But you can instead send them food or cash donations to keep the community pantry going. Check out The Happy Liblarry on Facebook.
Driver Pantry for delivery riders
Mobile pantry by Go Bike
To donate in cash or in-kind, you can reach out to Go Bike’s Facebook page, contact them at 09673701166, or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Pantry Packs
Gising Gising PH is now letting you donate healthy foods easily through their Community Pantry Packs. Each pack contains 5 kilos of goods: sitaw, kalabasa, upo, kamatis, kamote, patatas, monggo, and carrots. All you have to do is to donate P200, P350, or P1,000 via their website and choose a community pantry location. Gising Gising PH will donate goods directly to your community of choice. If you’ve got questions, you can reach the group on Facebook.
Napkin, condom, and free HIV testing
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) April 20, 2021
In a press conference held on the same day, Non talked to the media to clear her name. “Ang dumi po ng question na ‘yan kasi po last thing na kailangan kong i-explain sa mga tao ay kung ano ako, sino ba ako, kasi malinaw ang intensyon ko. Gusto ko lang po may ma-i-set-up na community pantry and makakain yung mga tao pang-tawid gutom,” she said.
The spirit of Bayanihan lives on
STATEMENT OF QUEZON CITY MAYOR JOY BELMONTE
I would like to personally assure Ms. Ana Patricia Non and other like-minded individuals that the local government of Quezon City fully supports Community Pantries. pic.twitter.com/LSWcdwwMWJ
— Quezon City Government (@QCGov) April 20, 2021
After Non asked Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte for help, the mayor assured everyone that Quezon City fully supports the community pantry initiatives. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque likewise addressed the issue saying that aside from health protocol worries, the government has nothing against community pantries.
“Let’s just say the President welcomes all initiatives na makakatulong sa ating kababayan habang tayo ay nasa pandemya,” said Roque.