U.S. Embassy Celebrates Community Food Pantry Organizer Ana Patricia No

MANILA, Philippines — Ana Patrica Non was recognized by the U.S. Embassy for her work in establishing the first community food pantry that inspired countless other food banks that encouraged people to donate what they can and take what they need.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava on Wednesday presented Non with the Ambassador’s Woman of Courage Award “for her community food pantry initiative that inspired Filipinos to combine their resources and support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Empowered and courageous women can change the world for the better,” Variava said on Twitter.

Non’s establishment of a community food pantry along Maginhawa Street in Quezon City in April 2021 sparked a movement that provided people in need with food and other essentials right after the government imposed a new lockdown to stem the rise in coronavirus cases.

Although widely praised and imitated, community food pantry initiatives have met with resistance in the form of profiling and red-labeling by state agents, which has forced No to temporarily halt community food pantry operations. from Maginhawa.

Non has previously been recognized for its community pantry initiative by Quezon City, the Rotary Club and AirAsia. — Xave Gregorio

Norma P. Rex