After becoming viral on social media, community pantries have mushroomed to different parts of the Philippines.

It’s become so much more than just a simple gesture of kindness – evolving into a community initiative that mirrors Filipinos’ old-aged tradition of ‘Bayanihan.’

If you think that it doesn’t get any better than that – then you’re simply mistaken. The charity stall drive, who traces its origins to Quezon City local Ana Patricia Non, has been transformed by some communities into a zero-waste campaign.

These two-in-one community pantries, which not only promote sharing but also caring for the environment, are situated in Rizal, Cagayan de Oro, and Camarines Sur.

Antipolo City – Brgy. Cupang, St. Therese, Penafrancia

This zero-waste community pantry was organized by youth volunteers in Antipolo. According to the volunteers, they hope to encourage Filipinos to let go of their single-use plastic habit and opt for recyclable bags instead. 

Apart from goods, the group also set up a refilling station – where people can bring their containers for condiments. 

♻️ ZERO-WASTE COMMUNITY PANTRY ♻️ *Inspired by Maginhawa Community Pantry* Located at Brgy. Cupang, Antipolo City- St....

Posted by Jr. Papel on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Cagayan de Oro – Babu Kwan, Yacapin Corner Aguinaldo Street

This community pantry, which’s not only green but also halal, serves the Muslim community in Cagayan de Oro. 

The charity stall was a collaboration between restaurant Babu Kwan, Happy Earth Store, Modern Nanays of Mindanao, ALIMA Mother Support Center, and employees of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos. 

The Happy Earth Store family is so grateful for Babu Kwan most specially to Ms. Khal Mambuay-Campong for making us a...

Posted by Happy Earth Store on Saturday, April 24, 2021

Iriga City – Sampaguita Street, San Miguel

Similar to Brgy. Cupang’s community pantry, Brgy. San Miguel Community Pantry encourages people to use recyclable containers for goods.

Its refilling station offers a wide array of condiments – specifically household staples like vinegar and soy sauce. Besides this, they also package goods in biodegradable materials instead of plastic. 

Muli pong magbubukas ang ating community pantry mamayang 9AM. Sana po ay mas maging disiplinado sa pagpila at sa...

Posted by Adeline Peña Vargas-Almelor on Sunday, April 25, 2021

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