MONCADA YOUTH EMULATES COMMUNITY PANTRY INITIATIVE
In response to the cries of the people suffering from famine and unemployment amid the Covid-19 Pandemic, youth volunteers in Moncada unleash “modern-day” spirit of Bayanihan. On April 19, 2021, Mr. Andrew Corpuz from Moncada, Tarlac, together with the volunteers have started adopting the Community Pantry which originated from Maginhawa St. in Quezon City and has since created a ripple effect across the country.
The said project is not a charity but a mutual aid. Citizens who have the capability to donate voluntarily give in-kind goods or financial assistance while people who are in dire need will be able to get goods for free according to their needs. This advocacy has indeed proven that the Bayanihan spirit engraved in Filipino values has not wavered and citizens have once again showed their keenness to extend their helping hands to the underprivileged citizens who still grapple with the adverse effects of this crisis such as famine and lack of livelihood.
It started with a box of canned goods, and because of social media’s power, donations from different people came in which served more than a hundred fellowmen. Volunteers from the Parish Youth have spared their time to participate. Business owners, government officials and other personalities have shown great efforts in helping too. Farmers from the agricultural sector have donated bunches of vegetables which will help Moncadenians to put something on their tables.
“A small contribution, when added altogether makes a big impact,” John Andrew said. “In these trying times, we should rely on each other. We have to hold each other’s hands and be a blessing for everyone,” he added.
Now, the initiated project has made a snowball effect in the community. Similar community pantries have sprouted in different areas of the municipality. The Sangguniang Kabataan of Barangay Aringin led by Chairman Ernesto Saraos Jr. has also taken their part in establishing their own community pantry which will cater the needy people residing in northern part of Moncada.
The key functionaries of the project have shown enthusiasm that this will be sustained through people’s generosity because it truly doesn’t matter what donation a person could give. What matters most is the thought that in the midst of this pandemic, compassion, kindness, generosity and solidarity still emerge from among citizens. And that no matter what disaster may come, the love and care for each other is just around the corner.
“Maraming salamat sa ginawa ninyo. Malaking tulong ito sa tatlo kong apo, may maipapakain na ako ngayong araw,” one of the citizens said. Thus, this line has become an inspiration to the organizers to be relentless in what they have started.
– Authored by: Jayvee G. Galletes
– Edited by: Andi Molina