120 people benefit from the parish community’s pantry


“KUHA unsa imong kinahanglan, pamilin para sa uban. Hatag unsa ang imong kaya.

(Take only what you need and leave something for others. Give what you can afford.)

These are the words printed on a tarp hanging on the wall of the Alliance of Two Hearts (Path) parish in Banawa, Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City, as she reorganized her community pantry on Wednesday, September 15.

The community pantry, labeled “Path Caritas Kindness Station” and installed around 2 pm Wednesday, was able to serve 120 parishioners considered to be the “poorest of the poor” in the community.

Path distributed rice, groceries, fruits and vegetables, and beneficiaries were given the opportunity to choose which products they would like to receive the next time they are selected as beneficiaries.

The path was replenished with the parish pastoral council in May 2021 and the community pantry began in June of this year.

Roberta Verano, of Path Service Commission, told SunStar Cebu that she has coordinated with various farmer associations in the parishes to provide them with low-cost fruits and vegetables.

She said it would also help the livelihoods of farmers and the community.

In order to maintain minimum public health protocols during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, Verano said it has pre-listed 120 “poorest of the poor” beneficiaries from 33 Path chapels.

The poorest of the poor residents were first identified by the chapel leaders and these are people who have lost their jobs, have two or three children in the family, and have family members who have co-morbidities, among others. .

Verano said he first organized the community pantry by allowing beneficiaries to buy the goods they needed from June to July, but this was changed to prevent possible transmission of the coronavirus.

“Sa una, by kani shelves, puro hygiene, bread, mga gulay, canned food, hygiene kit. Karon kay giingon ni Father nga maglikay lang ta tungod sa mga (Covid) variants,” Verano said.

She added that in addition to groceries, beneficiaries were able to obtain over-the-counter medicines and vitamins last month. However, vitamins and drugs are already exhausted.

She said that the 120 residents received coupons before they could visit the site, and that they were given the option to choose the things they want to receive next time through a “Wish Ko Lang” board, in which they have to put three paper hearts. in the box titled “groceries”, “mediines” and “rice”, among others.

So the organizers can assess the things the beneficiaries needed the most, added Verano.

She said they would also donate school supplies to beneficiaries who have schoolchildren through their “Pasko sa Kabataan”, which will launch on December 28.

To support the community pantry, Verano encouraged other parishioners to donate in cash and in kind, saying the activity takes place for two consecutive days per month.

She said they have incorporated training in values, such as prayer and counseling to selected people, into their community pantry.

“Kani among gibuhat karun, paagi nga give back to the community and give glory to God. Mao no among gipangandoy, ang tanang kaigsuonan nato, especially the poorest of the poor matabangan nato kay the faith without work is dead and it is useless” , said Verano. (MVE)


Norma P. Rex

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