Community Pantries in the Philippines provide relief from CoVID-19 hardships. The relief contains food items that can sustain people for a while. Presently, the Philippines is badly impacted by the pandemic and this relief has served as a way of providing solutions to hunger problems in the country.
These were people from different walks of life. They were of various ages and gender. Some of these people present at the scene had been there before noon. The majority of whom carried some canvas bags with umbrellas. Hundreds assembled on Wednesday. Each person waiting for his/her turn to get a relief package of food.
The community pantries had a sign with words inscribed: Give what you can, take what you need. Exactly a week after this reprieve began as a lofty cart with free vegetables and canned items, more than 300 comparable donations have commenced around the Philippines. Diversities like community libraries and pantries for pets have begun, too.
This action is influenced by the economic struggle Filipinos are facing as they fight one of Southeast Asia’s most terrible COVID-19 outbreaks and tough lockdown. Since the pandemic, not less than a million COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the Philippines with about 16,000 deaths.
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However, the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte have uniformly pointed to the pantries as desperate proof of people to survive and display the spirit of unity, and give support because of inadequate government aids.
The initiative started when a small business owner joined hands with local vegetable vendors and planters who gave their produce to the needy. Within few days, it escalated into a multi-sector effort involving different food and vital items. These were donated by a different class of people- the rich and poor.
Jennifer Paradero, aged 43, was among the beneficiaries. She stated that her spouse’s daily income of $20 was slashed to less than half since COVID-19 started. She revealed further that she only got cash aid from the government two times in the previous year. This amounted to less than $250. This was mostly spent on bills.