Church leader supports setting up of more community pantry stations

Published April 21, 2021, 9:11 AM

by Christina Hermoso

Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo has rallied behind the setting up of more community pantry stations around the country amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

(ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We are very happy and thankful that our communities never cease to bring out the innate generosity, kindness, and compassion in everyone even at a time when poverty is most visible,” the national director of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) Caritas Philippines said over Radio Veritas.

“The generosity displayed by those involved amid the pandemic is a most Christian way of responding to the needs of those who were badly affected by the health crisis,” Bagaforo said.

The bishop said he supported the setting up of more community pantry stations to help those in need and to further display the goodness in everyone.

“As a people, we are powerful. Hence, we continue to call on all individuals, families, and communities to establish these kindness stations or whatever you want to call it. The important thing is, as a Christian nation, we collectively look and reach out for our neighbors. At Caritas Philippines, we call it Alay Kapwa,” BIshop Bagaforo added.

From the first community pantry set up by Ana Patricia Non in Maginhawa Street in Quezon City, there are now about 80 such stations in different parts of the country.

 
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