Community pantry rekindles human kindness amid despair

Community pantry rekindles human kindness amid despair

By Junex Doronio
April 20, 2021

MANILA — As the saying goes, it only takes a spark to start a fire, and the community pantry set up in Maginhawa, Quezon City ignited the flames of innate human kindness in other parts of the Big City amid the government’s snail-paced and discriminatory “ayuda.”

On Sunday, April 18, a family opened a community pantry at the corner of Panorama and Waco Street in Barangay Conception Dos, Marikina City apparently inspired by the Maginhawa Community Pantry which dared to make a difference on April 14.

Cheska Mungcal disclosed that her sister Patrica, who does communications work for a non-profit organization, initially proposed the idea of replicating the Maginhawa pantry within their community.

Subsequently, residents have poured their donations responded to the pantry, as they shared a common goal of helping COVID-19 lockdown-affected workers and residents within the area bordering Marikina and Antipolo City, Rizal.

And it all started with a bamboo cart and two cardboard signs that Patreng Non set up on April 14 outside a former food park in Maginhawa, Quezon City.

Non first stocked the pantry with vegetables she bought from nearby vendors, along with basic necessities from the grocery such as alcohol, face masks, canned goods, and rice.

It did not take long that the Maginhawa community pantry attracted residents from San Vicente, Pook Marilag, Sikatuna Village, and UP Campus, among other areas. It went viral online and garnered a lot of media coverage.

“Pagod na ako sa inaction (I’m tired of complaining. I’m tired of inaction.), Non said in an interview with an online news website.

Non may not have intended but she put into concrete action the socialist dictum: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,” which Non’s sister aptly translated to Filipino, “Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha batay sa pangangailangan.”

Reminds us of rock star Jon Bon Jovi who opened his two community restaurants, JBJ Soul Kitchen in New Jersey in October 2011, where anyone can eat for free. (AI/MTVN)

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