Adopt-a-community food pantry initiative launched | Philstar.com

Neil Jayson Servallos – The Filipino Star

August 24, 2021 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines — Philanthropists and social institutions are calling on organizations to adopt community pantries or makeshift stalls that seek to provide food to the poor to institutionalize the movement during the pandemic.

The project, dubbed Adopt a Community Food Pantry Project (ACPP), was launched yesterday, seeking to tap individuals, families, groups, civic clubs and other social and business institutions as donors.

Former Education Secretary Armin Luistro said CAPP had created a financial platform to connect sponsors to pantries.

Ana Patricia Non, who was credited with organizing the Maginhawa Community Food Pantry in Quezon City earlier this year, said there were about 6,700 food pantries nationwide.

Although the number is huge, scarce donations have forced some community offices to halt operations, according to Non.

“But people are always ready to help during the pandemic. There are donations coming in and the pantries are ready to open,” Non told a news conference.

She said the establishment of CAPP would be helpful in communities where families are going hungry due to financial constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Jesuit Province Tanging Yaman Foundation and De La Salle Brothers Inc. will receive the donations.

The Community Pantry PH, a group that Non manages with her sister, will select community pantries to receive donations.

CAPP stated that sponsors can directly fund beneficiary boards to support their operations.

Norma P. Rex