As community pantries sprout across the Philippines, the San Damiano Postulancy House of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family in Quezon City, offers the space, distribution, and administration of the donations.
The pantry was initiated by an Anonymous Resident of Montville Subdivision. She sent a message on April 18 asking if it’s okay to put up a community pantry in our place thinking that it is the best venue for both the donors and recipients. Despite the hesitations, the community accepted the idea and assured her of our support. The following day, she brought some rice and veggies to share with our neighbors. We copied the caption phrase of the Maginhawa St. Community Pantry which says; “Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, Kumuha batay sa kailangan”. (Give what you can, Take what you need). On the same day, she started inviting her friends and neighbors to support the cause. Later on, the initiative was known through the DAHHA community Viber Chat group. Behold, the ongoing charitable work spread in the other neighboring subdivisions.
From that day onward, people of generous heart continue to share goods in kind and in cash. The Parish Priest of St. Benedict and the Missionaries of God’s Love community sent their contributions as well.
This is just the beginning of our journey… of loving and sharing our giftedness to others especially those who are most in need at this moment. One has to take the first step and the rest will flow according to God’s plan.