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.
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.
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.