The Sto. Niño Parish in Pandacan Manila will launch a community pantry on Wednesday, April 21.
Sto. Niño Parish priest Father Sanny de Claro announced the launching in a message dated April 19.
“I am pleased to announce the launch this coming Wednesday, the 21st of April, the Sto. Niño Parish-Pandacan Community Pantry where parishioners will provide food and other basic necessities according to ability and others will pick it up based on need,” he said.
“It is a creative way to proclaim the Word of God and live it especially in this pandemic. I urge all stakeholders to give their full support to the initiative,” added de Claro.
Inspired by the first community pantry in Quezon City’s Maginwaha Street, the street pantries made their way to other communities not just in Metro Manila but also in other provinces.
Community pantries allow people to donate for those in need who can choose what items such as food and other essential goods that they want to take home.
On Monday, Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo has encouraged parishes to set up their own “community pantries” to reach out to those in need amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
He said the initiative is a “very good way of spreading generosity and ‘bayanihan’ among us”.
“I encourage the priests, parishes and the BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities) to join this initiative,” CBCP News quoted Pabillo.